Two Marks 1951, Coin from Germany - detailed information

Two Marks 1951, Coin from Germany (demonetised 1958)
CoinTwo Marks 1951

The Two Marks coin, abbreviated 2 DM and known in English as 2 German Marks, was a relatively large 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. 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.

This first issue was a one-year type; its design and size made it very similar to the 1 DM coin, which caused frequent confusion. Consequently, this type of 2 Marks was never issued again and was replaced by a new design featuring the portrait of Max Planck on the obverse.

Later designs were:
- 2 Marks with the portrait of Max Planck, issued from 1957 to 1971 and demonetised in 1973
- 2 Marks with the portrait of Konrad Adenauer, issued from 1969 to 1987
- 2 Marks with the portrait of Theodor Heuss, issued from 1970 to 1987
- 2 Marks with the portrait of Kurt Schumacher, issued from 1979 to 1993
- 2 Marks with the portrait of Ludwig Erhard, issued from 1988 to 2001
- 2 Marks with the portrait of Franz Josef Strauß (Strauss), issued from 1990 to 2001
- 2 Marks with the portrait of Willy Brandt, issued from 1994 to 2001

The 1951 coins are made of copper-nickel and are slightly smaller in diameter than the coins issued from 1969. The edge inscription, which remained the same throughout the history of the denomination, reads Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit, meaning "Unity and Justice and Freedom".

2 Mark coins with the German Federal Eagle were demonetised on 1st July 1958, after seven years in circulation.

MintMint markTotal Mintage
Stuttgart Mint Letter F 22,609,150 (22.6 million)
Hamburg Mint Letter J 20,104,180 (20.1 million)
Bavarian Central Mint - Munich Letter D 19,564,200 (19.6 million)
Karlsruhe Mint Letter G 13,012,033 (13.0 million)
Obverse
Germany / Two Marks 1951 - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts, within a beaded circle, the Federal Eagle of Germany, being a one headed eagle, its head turned to the right, its wings open but with closed feathering.

All around, the legend · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·, meaning Federal Republic of Germany.

The mint mark of the mint which struck the coin is a small letter under the eagle's tail.

Mint marks used in this year were:
D for Bavarian Central Mint - Munich
F for Stuttgart Mint
G for Karlsruhe Mint
J for Hamburg Mint

Obverse Inscription · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Reverse
Germany / Two Marks 1951 - reverse photo

Within a beaded circle, at centre of the reverse, a large numeral for the value: 2 flanked on both sides by stalks of rye, leaves and grapes; in two lines below that, the denomination DEUTSCHE MARK.

The date 1951 is around above.

Reverse Inscription 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1951
EdgeInscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionEINIGKEIT UND RECHT UND FREIHEIT
Notes

Mintage comprised of (circulation coins + proofs):

Munich (1951 D): 19,564,000 + 200
Stuttgart (1951 F): 22,609,000 + 150
Karlsruhe (1951 G): 13,012,000 + 33
Hamburg (1951 J): 20,104,000 + 180

The Karlsruhe Mint later struck some 1951-dated un-authorised coins in addition to the above mintage; their number is unknown (probably very small).

Two Marks 1951: Known varieties
Variety Proof 1951 D (Munich Mint)
Mintage Issued: 200 (included in total)
Details

Proof coins ("PP" from "Polierte Platte" in German) from the Munich Mint.

Variety Proof 1951 F (Stuttgart Mint)
Mintage Issued: 150 (included in total)
Details

Proof coins ("PP" from "Polierte Platte" in German) from the Stuttgart Mint.

Variety Proof 1951 G (Karlsruhe Mint)
Mintage Issued: 33 (included in total)
Details

Proof coins ("PP" from "Polierte Platte" in German) from the Karlsruhe Mint.

Variety Proof 1951 J (Hamburg Mint)
Mintage Issued: 180 (included in total)
Details

Proof coins ("PP" from "Polierte Platte" in German) from the Hamburg Mint.

Two Marks 1951: References to Information Used
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Deutsche Bundesbank Dimensions, mass link
Showing 100 from a total of 102 coins of type: Two Marks
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Two Marks 1951 75,289,563 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND ·
Two Marks 1957 Max Planck 27,597,876 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1957
Two Marks 1958 Max Planck 49,601,685 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1958
Two Marks 1959 Max Planck 1,223,062 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1959
Two Marks 1960 Max Planck 14,598,316 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1960
Two Marks 1961 Max Planck 13,506,224 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1961
Two Marks 1962 Max Planck 12,858,250 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1962
Two Marks 1963 Max Planck 18,959,319 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1963
Two Marks 1964 Max Planck 15,764,487 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1964
Two Marks 1965 Max Planck 14,562,603 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1965
Two Marks 1966 Max Planck 19,518,540 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1966
Two Marks 1967 Max Planck 15,582,483 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1967
Two Marks 1968 Max Planck 9,226,153 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1968
Two Marks 1969 Max Planck 10,059,800 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1969
Two Marks 1969 Konrad Adenauer 28,017,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1970 Max Planck 20,393,340 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1970
Two Marks 1970 Konrad Adenauer 28,060,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1970 Theodor Heuss 28,063,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1971 Max Planck 32,919,000 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK · DEUTSCHLAND · 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1971
Two Marks 1971 Konrad Adenauer 28,011,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1971 Theodor Heuss 28,000,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1972 Konrad Adenauer 28,036,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1972 Theodor Heuss 28,058,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1973 Konrad Adenauer 42,738,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1973 Theodor Heuss 42,768,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1974 Konrad Adenauer 20,257,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1974 Theodor Heuss 20,286,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1975 Konrad Adenauer 17,703,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1975 Theodor Heuss 17,755,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1976 Konrad Adenauer 17,706,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1976 Theodor Heuss 17,686,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1977 Konrad Adenauer 22,774,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1977 Theodor Heuss 22,714,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1978 Konrad Adenauer 12,933,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1978 Theodor Heuss 13,433,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1979 Konrad Adenauer 12,712,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1979 Theodor Heuss 12,712,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1979 Kurt Schumacher 12,712,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1979
Two Marks 1980 Konrad Adenauer 26,000,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1980 Theodor Heuss 8,040,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1980 Kurt Schumacher 8,040,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1979
Two Marks 1981 Konrad Adenauer 31,593,999 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1981 Theodor Heuss 7,964,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1981 Kurt Schumacher 7,664,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1979
Two Marks 1982 Konrad Adenauer 37,222,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1982 Theodor Heuss 12,312,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1982 Kurt Schumacher 12,312,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1979
Two Marks 1983 Konrad Adenauer 6,365,120 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1983 Theodor Heuss 6,290,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1983 Kurt Schumacher 6,290,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1979
Two Marks 1984 Konrad Adenauer 1,966,539 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1984 Theodor Heuss 456,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1984 Kurt Schumacher 456,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1979
Two Marks 1985 Konrad Adenauer 10,219,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1985 Theodor Heuss 10,219,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1985 Kurt Schumacher 10,219,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1979
Two Marks 1986 Konrad Adenauer 10,176,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1986 Theodor Heuss 10,176,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1986 Kurt Schumacher 10,176,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1979
Two Marks 1987 Konrad Adenauer 17,180,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1969
Two Marks 1987 Theodor Heuss 17,180,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 - 1969
Two Marks 1987 Kurt Schumacher 17,180,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1979
Two Marks 1988 Kurt Schumacher 23,330,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1979
Two Marks 1988 Ludwig Erhard 23,330,000 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1988
Two Marks 1989 Kurt Schumacher 40,180,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1979
Two Marks 1989 Ludwig Erhard 40,180,000 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1989
Two Marks 1990 Kurt Schumacher 70,840,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1979
Two Marks 1990 Ludwig Erhard 70,840,000 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1990
Two Marks 1990 Franz Josef Strauß 70,840,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1989
Two Marks 1991 Kurt Schumacher 20,225,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1979
Two Marks 1991 Ludwig Erhard 20,225,000 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1991
Two Marks 1991 Franz Josef Strauß 20,225,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1989
Two Marks 1992 Kurt Schumacher 36,885,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1979
Two Marks 1992 Ludwig Erhard 36,885,000 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1992
Two Marks 1992 Franz Josef Strauß 36,885,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1989
Two Marks 1993 Kurt Schumacher 3,225,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1979
Two Marks 1993 Ludwig Erhard 3,225,000 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1993
Two Marks 1993 Franz Josef Strauß 3,225,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1989
Two Marks 1994 Ludwig Erhard 25,225,000 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1994
Two Marks 1994 Franz Josef Strauß 25,225,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1989
Two Marks 1994 Willy Brandt 25,325,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1994
Two Marks 1995 Ludwig Erhard 2,800,000 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1995
Two Marks 1995 Franz Josef Strauß 2,800,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1989
Two Marks 1995 Willy Brandt 3,155,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1994
Two Marks 1996 Ludwig Erhard (mint sets only) 475,000 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1996
Two Marks 1996 Franz Josef Strauß (mint sets only) 475,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1989
Two Marks 1996 Willy Brandt (mint sets only) 475,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1994
Two Marks 1997 Ludwig Erhard (mint sets only) 575,000 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1997
Two Marks 1997 Franz Josef Strauß (mint sets only) 575,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1989
Two Marks 1997 Willy Brandt (mint sets only) 575,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1994
Two Marks 1998 Ludwig Erhard (mint sets only) 575,000 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1998
Two Marks 1998 Franz Josef Strauß (mint sets only) 575,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1989
Two Marks 1998 Willy Brandt (mint sets only) 575,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1994
Two Marks 1999 Ludwig Erhard (mint sets only) 575,000 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 1999
Two Marks 1999 Franz Josef Strauß (mint sets only) 575,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1989
Two Marks 1999 Willy Brandt (mint sets only) 575,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1994
Two Marks 2000 Ludwig Erhard (mint sets only) 575,000 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 2000
Two Marks 2000 Franz Josef Strauß (mint sets only) 575,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1989
Two Marks 2000 Willy Brandt (mint sets only) 575,000 Federal Eagle of Germany · BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND · 1949 1994
Two Marks 2001 Ludwig Erhard (mint sets only) 1,040,000 Federal Eagle of Germany BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND 2 DEUTSCHE MARK 2001
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Two Marks 1951: Details
CountryGermany
CurrencyDeutsche Mark
Coin TypeTwo Marks, German Eagle
Issued1951
SymbolFederal Eagle of Germany
ReverseFederal Eagle of Germany
Face Value2 (x Mark)
Circulation Mintage75,289,000 (75.3 million)
Total Mintage75,289,563 (75.3 million)
CurrentNo; demonetised 1958
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerJosef Bernhart
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.500 mm
Thickness1.870 mm
Mass7.000 g
OCC IDPMVR-EAPC-NVRA-ONQG
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Two Marks 1951: Photos
ImageDetails
2 Deutsche Mark I. Ausgabe
Copyright: Deutsche Bundesbank
Source
2 Deutsche Mark I. Ausgabe
Copyright: Deutsche Bundesbank
Notes: Hamburg Mint (J mint mark).
Source
Two Marks 1951: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Schön, WeltmünzkatalogDeutschland Schön# 109
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGermany, Federal Republic KM# 111