Germany 1877-B 50 pfennig

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This coin is a silver fifty pfennig from a type issued 1877-78 from the Hannover (mintmark "B") mint. Under the German Empire of 1871-1918, the denominations of two mark and up were permitted for the formerly independent principalities while the lower denominations (one pfennig thru one mark) were minted to a unified design. This is a rather better type.

Recorded mintage: 3,096,918 (wreath reverse) plus 3,690,904 (plain reverse).

Specification: 2.77 g, .900 fine silver, .080 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-8 (shown) and KM 6 (plain reverse).

Sources:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.

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