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Coin: Half Mark 1894
Description

The German New Guinea Company issued its own coinage in 1894 and it remained legal tender until 15 April 1911, when it was replaced by regular German imperial coinage. A half mark coin issued in 1894 would therefore have been in circulation for 17 years.

This colonial coin corresponded exactly in size and composition to its German imperial half mark counterpart.

CountryNew Guinea, German CurrencyNew Guinean Mark
Face value1/2 (x Mark) TypeHalf Mark
Year1894 CurrentNo (demonetised 1911)
Mintage16,236 (16236)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Berlin Mint Letter A 16,236 (16236)
Material0.9000 Silver DesignerEmil Weigand
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)20 Thickness (mm)1.4000
Mass (g)2.7780
Obverse

Great Bird of Paradise displaying full plumage. There is no text or other decoration.

Obverse inscription None
Reverse

At centre, in four lines, the value, denomination and date: 1/2 NEU-GUINEA MARK 1894, fully enclosed by a palm wreath; around above the wreath, the issuing company's name: NEU-GUINEA COMPAGNIE. Below the wreath, the mint mark A of the Berlin Mint.

Reverse inscriptionNEU-GUINEA COMPAGNIE 1/2 NEU-GUINEA MARK 1894
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Half Mark 1894: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof unknown
Half Mark 1894: Photos
Half Mark 1894: Photo Coin - 1/2 Mark, German New Guinea (Papua New Guinea), 1894
Coin - 1/2 Mark, German New Guinea (Papua New Guinea), 1894
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Half Mark 1894: Photo Coin - 1/2 Mark, German New Guinea (Papua New Guinea), 1894
Coin - 1/2 Mark, German New Guinea (Papua New Guinea), 1894
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Half Mark 1894: Photo New Guinea 1894-A 1/2 mark
New Guinea 1894-A 1/2 mark
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Half Mark 1894: Photo New Guinea 1894-A 1/2 mark
New Guinea 1894-A 1/2 mark
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Half Mark 1894: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGerman New Guinea KM# 4
Half Mark 1894: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Deutsche Bundesbank Mint link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
Half Mark 1894: Some useful external links
New Guinea 1894-A 1/2 mark - CoinFactsWiki British Museum - coin
Museums Victoria: Coin - 1/2 Mark, German New Guinea (Papua New Guinea), 1894
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