What Are Facts About German Coins?


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German coins are minted in the Euro currency as of 2002 and are available in amounts of 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 euro and 2 euros. The coins carrying a 10-, 20- or 50-cent face value feature an engraved image of the Brandenburg Gate, a landmark in Berlin.

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The 1-, 2- and 5-cent coins have an engraved image of an oak twig. The 1-euro and 2-euro coins contain an engraving of an eagle. The opposite side of each denomination of the coin features an engraving common to all coins in the euro currency.

Prior to adopting the euro currency in 2002, German currency was called the "Deutsche Mark," which began circulating in 1948. Before the Deutsche Mark, the common currency from 1873 to 1914 was called the "goldmark", followed by the "papiermark," the "rentenmark" in 1923 and the "reichsmark" from 1924 to 1948. From 1948 to 2002, coins were minted in denominations including the 1 pfenning, 2 pfenning, 5 pfenning and 10 pfenning that featured a similar oak twig design to that on some euro coins. The 50-pfenning coin featured an engraving of a woman planting an oak twig. Other coins featured the German eagle symbol.

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