One Pfennig, Coin Type from Germany - detailed information

One Pfennig, Coin Type from Germany (issued 1948 - 2001)
Coin TypeOne Pfennig

The 1 Pfennig coin, abbreviated 1 Pf., was the smallest 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 1/100 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 1948, then by the Deutsche Bundesbank (German Federal Bank) since 1957. In the first two years of issue, the coins had the legend Bank deutscher Länder, then Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany).

The coins were made of steel, bronze-plated in 1948 and 1949, then copper-plated. They were struck by five different mints:

- Berlin Mint - mint mark A (from 1991; 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 / One Pfennig - 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 / One Pfennig - reverse photo

Between two ears of rye, a large numeral for the value: 1; 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 Inscription1 PFENNIG
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
All Coins of Type: One Pfennig (39)
Coin NameMintageLegend
One Pfennig 1948 239,435,984 BANK DEUTSCHER LÄNDER · 1948 ·
One Pfennig 1949 402,684,951 BANK DEUTSCHER LÄNDER · 1949 ·
One Pfennig 1950 2,970,968,720 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1950 ·
One Pfennig 1966 255,201,170 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1966 ·
One Pfennig 1967 147,462,500 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1967 ·
One Pfennig 1968 102,942,022 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1968 ·
One Pfennig 1969 310,424,800 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1969 ·
One Pfennig 1970 372,283,340 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1970 ·
One Pfennig 1971 471,931,200 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1971 ·
One Pfennig 1972 349,888,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1972 ·
One Pfennig 1973 149,886,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1973 ·
One Pfennig 1974 350,257,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1974 ·
One Pfennig 1975 350,431,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1975 ·
One Pfennig 1976 500,522,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1976 ·
One Pfennig 1977 550,194,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1977 ·
One Pfennig 1978 600,216,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1978 ·
One Pfennig 1979 600,356,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1979 ·
One Pfennig 1980 616,190,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1980 ·
One Pfennig 1981 811,024,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1981 ·
One Pfennig 1982 441,252,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1982 ·
One Pfennig 1983 180,300,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1983 ·
One Pfennig 1984 225,256,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1984 ·
One Pfennig 1985 75,219,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1985 ·
One Pfennig 1986 150,176,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1986 ·
One Pfennig 1987 25,190,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1987 ·
One Pfennig 1988 200,180,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1988 ·
One Pfennig 1989 400,180,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1989 ·
One Pfennig 1990 650,180,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1990 ·
One Pfennig 1991 1,300,225,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1991 ·
One Pfennig 1992 200,225,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1992 ·
One Pfennig 1993 200,225,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1993 ·
One Pfennig 1994 500,225,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1994 ·
One Pfennig 1995 500,225,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1995 ·
One Pfennig 1996 400,225,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1996 ·
One Pfennig 1997 (mint sets only) 575,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1997 ·
One Pfennig 1998 (mint sets only) 575,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1998 ·
One Pfennig 1999 (mint sets only) 575,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1999 ·
One Pfennig 2000 (mint sets only) 575,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 2000 ·
One Pfennig 2001 (mint sets only) 1,040,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 2001 ·
One Pfennig: Details
CountryGermany
CurrencyDeutsche Mark
From1948
To2001
Face Value1 (x Pfennig)
CurrentNo (demonetised 2002)
MaterialCopper-plated Steel
DesignerAdolf Jäger
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)16.5000
Thickness (mm)1.3800
Mass (g)2