Two Marks 1894, Coin from New Guinea, German - detailed information

Two Marks 1894, Coin from New Guinea, German (demonetised 1911)
CoinTwo Marks 1894

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 two 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 two mark counterpart.

MintBerlin Mint Mint MarkLetter A Total Mintage13,404
Obverse
New Guinea, German / Two Marks 1894 - obverse photo

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

Obverse Inscription None
Reverse
New Guinea, German / Two Marks 1894 - reverse photo

At centre, in four lines, the value, denomination and date: 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 Inscription NEU GUINEA COMPAGNIE 2 NEU-GUINEA MARK 1894
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
See also

The Bird of Paradise design has been issued and re-issued as:
- German New Guinea, 5 Marks (Silver), 1894
- German New Guinea, 2 Marks (Silver), 1894
- German New Guinea, 1 Mark (Silver), 1894
- German New Guinea, 1/2 Mark (Silver), 1894
- German New Guinea, 10 Pfennig (Copper), 1894
- German New Guinea, 20 Marks (Gold), 1895
- German New Guinea, 10 Marks (Gold), 1895
- Papua New Guinea, 1/4 oz Gold Proof (50 Kina), 1994
- Papua New Guinea, 4 oz Silver Proof (25 Kina), 1994
- Papua New Guinea, 1 oz Silver Proof (5 Kina), 1994
- Papua New Guinea, 1 oz Gold Proof (500 Kina), 2020
- Papua New Guinea, 1/4 oz Gold Proof (100 Kina), 2020
- Papua New Guinea, 1 kg Silver Proof (200 Kina), 2020
- Papua New Guinea, 5 oz Silver Proof (50 Kina), 2020
- Papua New Guinea, 2 oz Silver Proof (20 Kina), 2020
- Papua New Guinea, 1 oz Silver Proof (10 Kina), 2020

Two Marks 1894: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: unknown
Two Marks 1894: References to Information Used
All (1) coins of type: Two Marks
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Marks 1894 13,404 None
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Two Marks 1894: Details
CountryNew Guinea, German
CurrencyNew Guinean Mark
Coin TypeTwo Marks
Issued1894
Face Value2 (x Mark)
Total Mintage13,404
CurrentNo; demonetised 1911
Material0.9000 Silver
DesignerEmil Weigand, Otto Schultz
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size28.0000 mm
Thickness1.9500 mm
Mass11.1110 g
OCC IDZQRA-PEBN-CMYV-EYJD
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Two Marks 1894: Photos
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Two Marks 1894: Photo Coin - 2 Marks, German New Guinea (Papua New Guinea), 1894 / thumbnail Coin - 2 Marks, German New Guinea (Papua New Guinea), 1894
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Two Marks 1894: Photo Coin - 2 Marks, German New Guinea (Papua New Guinea), 1894 / thumbnail Coin - 2 Marks, German New Guinea (Papua New Guinea), 1894
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Two Marks 1894: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGerman New Guinea KM# 6