50 Pfennig

50 Pfennig -  obverse50 Pfennig -  reverse

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Features

Issuer German Democratic Republic (Germany)
Period Republic (1948-1990)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1958-1990
Value 50 Pfennig (0.50 DDM)
Currency Mark (1948-1990)
Composition Aluminium
Weight 2 g
Diameter 23 mm
Thickness 2.02 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 1 July 1991
Number N# 2032
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 12,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.
Schön# 12
Gerhard Schön; 2018. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (46. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

State emblem of the German Democratic Republic (hammer and a compass, surrounded by a ring of rye with a ribbon displaying the flag colours: black, red and yellow), also known as East Germany, with the country name around the rim.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
DEUTSCHE DEMOKRATISCHE
* REPUBLIK *

Translation:
German Democratic
Republic

Reverse

Face value below an oak leaf.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
A
50
PFENNIG
1972

Engraver: Rudi Högner

Edge

Reeded

50 Pfennig -  obverse

Mint

a Berlin, Germany (1280-date)

Comments

Different types of grain ears design in coat of arms and size of "PFENNIG" letters.
Type A: smaller "PFENNIG"; smaller but more embossed and spaced grain ears.
Type B: smaller "PFENNIG"; larger but flat relief and nearer grain ears.
Type C: larger "PFENNIG"; smaller but more embossed and spaced grain ears.

Inscription varieties exist.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1958 A 101 605 933 $ 0.06 $ 0.19 $ 0.19 $ 0.29 $ 0.38 $ 0.66 $ 1.93 71% KM#12.1 (small state emblem; Type A)
1968 A 19 860 400 $ 0.27 $ 0.28 $ 0.42 22% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type B)
1971 A 35 829 130 $ 0.09 $ 0.22 $ 0.22 $ 0.22 $ 0.75 $ 1.09 $ 1.24 29% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type B)
1972 A 8 117 258 $ 0.10 $ 0.29 $ 0.34 $ 0.82 $ 1.92 10% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type B)
1973 A 6 530 456 $ 0.69 $ 0.72 9% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C)
1979 A 1 027 000 2% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C)
1979 A 0.2% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C) Proof
1980 A 1 118 000 2% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C)
1980 A 0.17% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C) Proof
1981 A 10 546 050 $ 0.55 $ 0.55 9% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C)
1981 A 40 0.3% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C) Proof
1982 A 79 832 250 $ 0.11 $ 0.19 $ 0.19 $ 0.19 $ 0.48 $ 0.82 $ 1.84 24% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C)
1982 A 2 500 0.5% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C) Proof
1983 A 1 308 550 2% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C)
1983 A 2 550 0.13% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C) Proof
1984 A 3 015 0.17% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C) Proof
1984 A 5 000 0.4% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C) rare
1985 A 1 565 000 1.8% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C)
1985 A 2 816 0.19% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C) Proof
1986 A 776 000 1.3% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C)
1986 A 2 800 0.17% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C) Proof
1987 A 21 000 0.9% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C, in Sets only)
1987 A 2 345 0.17% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C) Proof
1988 A 15 000 0.4% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C, in Sets only)
1988 A 2 300 0.11% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C) Proof
1989 A 31 000 0.7% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C)
1989 A 2 300 0.09% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C) Proof
1990 A 14 000 0.4% KM#12.2 (larger state emblem; Type C, in Sets only)

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