50 Pfennig - Merlenbach

50 Pfennig - Merlenbach - obverse50 Pfennig - Merlenbach - reverse

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Issuer Municipality of Merlebach (Imperial territory of Alsace-Lorraine)
Emperor Wilhelm II (1888-1918)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1917
Value 50 Pfennigs (50 Pfennige) (0.50)
Currency Mark (1914-1924)
Composition Zinc
Weight 3.25 g
Diameter 24.2 mm
Thickness 1.1 mm
Shape Octagonal (8-sided)
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
References Funck# 331.7,
Walter Funck, Ralf Müller, Wolfgang Peltzer; 2012. Die deutschen Notmünzen : alle amtlichen Ausgaben und deren Varianten der Städte, Gemeinden, Kreise, Länder etc. (8th edition). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
El Mon.# 25.3,
Roland Élie; 2003. Monnaies de nécessité et jetons-monnaie : France, colonies, Monaco : 1800-2000. Association des Collectionneurs de Jetons-monnaie, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.
Men18# 20867.3
Peter Menzel; 2018. Deutschsprachige Notmünzen und Geldersatzmarken im In- und Ausland 1840-2002. Winfried Bogon Verlag, Berlin, Germany.


Pearl rim, legend surrounding pearl circle with denomination centered

Script: Latin



Pearl rim surrounding rock "Wieselstein" with date.

Script: Latin

Lettering: 1917




L. Chr. Lauer, Nuremberg, Germany (1729-1924)


The Wieselstein is a massive boulder reminiscent of a menhir and is the subject of many legends. It is six meters high, four meters wide and was the meeting point of the miners during the great strikes of 1920 because a speaker was clearly visible to the crowd on it. It lies between the mining settlement (cité) of Cuvelette and the Reumaux mine.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1917  83% F#331.7
1917  17% F#331.7a) Ø is 24.2mm to 24.4mm
1917  100 0% F#331.7b) Ø is 24.1mm (Röttinger re-stamping)

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