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

New Guinea, German: Coin Two Marks 1894
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
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
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
Two Marks 1894: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage unknown
Two Marks 1894: References to Information Used
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Two Marks 1894: Details
CountryNew Guinea, German
CurrencyNew Guinean Mark
Coin TypeTwo Marks
Issued1894
Face Value2 (x Mark)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1911)
Mintage13,404
Material0.9000 Silver
DesignerEmil Weigand
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)28
Thickness (mm)1.9500
Mass (g)11.1110
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Two Marks 1894: Photos
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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