Two Pfennigs, Coin Type from Germany - detailed information

Two Pfennigs, Coin Type from Germany (issued 1950 - 2001)
Coin TypeTwo Pfennigs

The 2 Pfennigs coin (German: Zwei Pfennig), abbreviated 2 Pf., was the second 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 2/100 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 made of bronze until 1969, and (with some overlap) from 1967 of copper-plated steel. 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 / Two 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 Inscription BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · [year] ·
Reverse
Germany / Two Pfennigs - reverse photo

Between two ears of rye, a large numeral for the value: 2; 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 Inscription 2 PFENNIG
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Two Pfennigs - (45) Coins
Coin NameMintageLegend
Two Pfennigs 1950 100,908,200 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1950 ·
Two Pfennigs 1958 80,067,100 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1958 ·
Two Pfennigs 1959 83,088,075 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1959 ·
Two Pfennigs 1960 58,495,075 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1960 ·
Two Pfennigs 1961 91,859,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1961 ·
Two Pfennigs 1962 111,489,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1962 ·
Two Pfennigs 1963 104,669,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1963 ·
Two Pfennigs 1964 83,537,600 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1964 ·
Two Pfennigs 1965 122,523,280 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1965 ·
Two Pfennigs 1966 205,182,170 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1966 ·
Two Pfennigs 1967 89,013,500 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1967 ·
Two Pfennigs 1968 84,917,023 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1968 ·
Two Pfennigs 1969 156,318,799 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1969 ·
Two Pfennigs 1970 196,456,340 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1970 ·
Two Pfennigs 1971 276,045,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1971 ·
Two Pfennigs 1972 201,246,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1972 ·
Two Pfennigs 1973 100,595,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1973 ·
Two Pfennigs 1974 225,605,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1974 ·
Two Pfennigs 1975 226,089,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1975 ·
Two Pfennigs 1976 300,509,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1976 ·
Two Pfennigs 1977 325,388,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1977 ·
Two Pfennigs 1978 325,216,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1978 ·
Two Pfennigs 1979 350,386,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1979 ·
Two Pfennigs 1980 367,250,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1980 ·
Two Pfennigs 1981 355,084,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1981 ·
Two Pfennigs 1982 217,852,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1982 ·
Two Pfennigs 1983 275,300,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1983 ·
Two Pfennigs 1984 225,256,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1984 ·
Two Pfennigs 1985 75,219,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1985 ·
Two Pfennigs 1986 150,176,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1986 ·
Two Pfennigs 1987 25,190,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1987 ·
Two Pfennigs 1988 200,180,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1988 ·
Two Pfennigs 1989 200,180,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1989 ·
Two Pfennigs 1990 275,170,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1990 ·
Two Pfennigs 1991 575,225,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1991 ·
Two Pfennigs 1992 300,225,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1992 ·
Two Pfennigs 1993 49,725,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1993 ·
Two Pfennigs 1994 275,225,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1994 ·
Two Pfennigs 1995 1,400,225,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1995 ·
Two Pfennigs 1996 200,225,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1996 ·
Two Pfennigs 1997 (mint sets only) 575,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1997 ·
Two Pfennigs 1998 (mint sets only) 575,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1998 ·
Two Pfennigs 1999 (mint sets only) 575,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1999 ·
Two Pfennigs 2000 (mint sets only) 575,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 2000 ·
Two Pfennigs 2001 (mint sets only) 1,040,000 BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 2001 ·
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Two Pfennigs: Details
CountryGermany
CurrencyDeutsche Mark
From1950
To2001
Face Value2 (x Pfennig)
CurrentNo (demonetised 2002)
Material
DesignerAdolf Jäger
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size19.250 mm
Thickness1.520 mm
Mass