Five Pfennigs, Coin Type from Germany - detailed information

Five Pfennigs, Coin Type from Germany (issued 1950 - 2001)
Coin TypeFive Pfennigs

The 5 Pfennigs coin (German: Fünf Pfennig), abbreviated 5 Pf., was a small circulating denomination of the Deutsche Mark (German mark), which was the official currency of West Germany from 1948 until 1990 and later of unified Germany from 1990 until 2002. It was equal to 5/100 of a Mark. The coinage was first issued under Allied occupation after World War II, by the "Bank deutscher Länder" (Bank of the German States) from 1950, then by the Deutsche Bundesbank (German Federal Bank) since 1957.

The coins were struck by five different mints:
- Berlin Mint - mint mark A (from 1990; Berlin was in a different country - the German Democratic Republic - before that)
- Munich Mint - mint mark D
- Stuttgart Mint - mint mark F
- Karlsruhe Mint - mint mark G
- Hamburg Mint - mint mark J

In 1998, the Stuttgart Mint and the Karlsruhe Mint merged to form the Staatliche Münzen Baden-Württemberg (SMBW) - State Mints of Baden-Württemberg, but retained their separate mint marks.

In 1999, the Deutsche Mark was replaced by the Euro; its coins and banknotes remained in circulation, defined in terms of euros, until the introduction of euro notes and coins on 1 January 2002. The Deutsche Mark ceased to be legal tender immediately upon the introduction of the euro - in contrast to the other eurozone nations, where the euro and legacy currency circulated side by side for up to two months. Mark coins and banknotes continued to be accepted as valid forms of payment in Germany until 28 February 2002.

Obverse
Germany / Five Pfennigs - obverse photo

The obverse features a small oak seedling sprouting five leaves. The oak tree had been a German symbol for centuries. This young shoot represents the hope for the reconstruction of Germany after the war.

Around, the legend BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND (Federal Republic of Germany).

Below that, the year of issue: · [year] ·.

Obverse InscriptionBUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · [year] ·
Reverse
Germany / Five Pfennigs - reverse photo

Between two ears of rye, a large numeral for the value: 5; around below that, the denomination PFENNIG.

The mint mark of the mint which struck the coin is a small letter centre top, between the two rye ears.

Reverse Inscription5 PFENNIG
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
All Coins of Type: Five Pfennigs (38)
Coin NameMintageLegend
Five Pfennigs 1949 285,395,919 BANK DEUTSCHER LÄNDER · 1949 ·
Five Pfennigs 1950 1,100,619,300 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1950 ·
Five Pfennigs 1966 100,161,170 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1966 ·
Five Pfennigs 1967 34,879,500 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1967 ·
Five Pfennigs 1968 55,301,023 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1968 ·
Five Pfennigs 1969 90,303,800 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1969 ·
Five Pfennigs 1970 153,988,340 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1970 ·
Five Pfennigs 1971 220,655,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1971 ·
Five Pfennigs 1972 201,588,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1972 ·
Five Pfennigs 1973 60,097,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1973 ·
Five Pfennigs 1974 60,615,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1974 ·
Five Pfennigs 1975 60,567,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1975 ·
Five Pfennigs 1976 181,321,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1976 ·
Five Pfennigs 1977 200,568,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1977 ·
Five Pfennigs 1978 160,216,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1978 ·
Five Pfennigs 1979 160,347,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1979 ·
Five Pfennigs 1980 195,790,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1980 ·
Five Pfennigs 1981 258,724,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1981 ·
Five Pfennigs 1982 196,852,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1982 ·
Five Pfennigs 1983 180,300,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1983 ·
Five Pfennigs 1984 140,256,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1984 ·
Five Pfennigs 1985 60,219,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1985 ·
Five Pfennigs 1986 140,176,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1986 ·
Five Pfennigs 1987 200,180,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1987 ·
Five Pfennigs 1988 230,180,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1988 ·
Five Pfennigs 1989 360,180,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1989 ·
Five Pfennigs 1990 430,180,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1990 ·
Five Pfennigs 1991 640,225,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1991 ·
Five Pfennigs 1992 140,225,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1992 ·
Five Pfennigs 1993 180,225,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1993 ·
Five Pfennigs 1994 190,225,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1994 ·
Five Pfennigs 1995 240,225,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1995 ·
Five Pfennigs 1996 240,225,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1996 ·
Five Pfennigs 1997 (mint sets only) 575,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1997 ·
Five Pfennigs 1998 (mint sets only) 575,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1998 ·
Five Pfennigs 1999 (mint sets only) 575,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1999 ·
Five Pfennigs 2000 (mint sets only) 575,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 2000 ·
Five Pfennigs 2001 (mint sets only) 1,040,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 2001 ·
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Five Pfennigs: Details
CountryGermany
CurrencyDeutsche Mark
From1950
To2001
Face Value5 (x Pfennig)
CurrentNo (demonetised 2002)
MaterialBrass-plated Steel
DesignerAdolf Jäger
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)18.5000
Thickness (mm)1.7000
Mass (g)3
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