Germany 10 Pfennig (Iron or Zinc)  1916 to 1922
Germany 10 Pfennig (Iron or Zinc) 1916 to 1922

Now look closely. Does your coin look exactly like the coin in my picture? If so, you may have a valuable coin.

But, it is more likely that your coin is slightly different, especially in the beads that go around the eagle. If your coin has the beads, great! That's the first step in having a valuable coin. If there are no beads, the coin value declines to $1 or $2 US dollars, even in good condition, and won't climb above $10 unless fully, absolutely uncirculated.

Some German 10 pfennigs after 1914 were minted in iron, and some were minted in zinc. Use a magnet to tell the difference. All of the beadless coins command low value. But some of the dates and mint marks of beaded coins are real winners. If your coin is in the list below, it is a winner. If not, it carries low value. Here's the list:

1915A iron
1916 iron (see below)
1916F zinc
1917A zinc
1917 zinc
1918D iron
1922J zinc
1922 iron

Mint marks show under the eagle's tail. Beaded coins in the above list start around $150 catalog value in worn condition, and increase toward $1000 catalog value in fully uncirculated condition. Use the Important Terminology page (link at upper left) to understand what 'catalog value' means.

Also, two other coins, the 1922G coin (shown in the picture) and the 1922E coin are not slouches. These catalog for $50 in average circulated condition. CoinQuest thanks eBay seller lell123 for the use of this nice coin image.

But we have to address an important nuance with the 1916 iron beaded 10 pfennigs. This coin is often counterfeited. 1916 iron coins with A, D, E, F, G, and J mint marks are very common and worth only small amounts, as described above. But the 1916 beaded iron pfennig with no mint mark is rare. So what happens when you find this coin without a mint mark?

Look at the side by side pictures above. The coin on the left has an obvious A mint mark (really two As). The coin on the right has, well, something. Maybe it is a mint mark, maybe it is not. The coin is coated with black goo and it is difficult to tell for sure. And yet, both coins are dated 1916 and the one on the right is being sold on eBay for a bargain basement price of only $250 US dollars. Wow! What a great price for a super-rare coin. Would you buy it? I think not.

For cases like this, there are professional authentication services which specialize in determining whether or not a coin is genuine. Look up PCGS, NGC, ICG, and ANACS on the Internet. Do not use other services.

Coin: 1094 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: , Sun, 23-Aug-2009 18:30:59 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 26-Jun-2014 23:22:46 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Fri, 25-Sep-2015 23:24:16 GMT
Requester description: 1918 one side has bird wiht a crest on its chest and a crown above its head
Tags: germany 10 pfennig iron zinc greman deustch bundesrepublik deutchland deutschen duetsches dutches deutiches deutsches deutscherlander deutschiand deuches germanic bundesrublika deutschland germeny gremany dutchland deutsch deutsche germandy deutschem bundesrepublika deutscher german deutches deutchlands deutchen deutschlands penning pffnig pfrnnig ffennig pfennisc phenning phening pfennige pfenning pfenninge pfenn pfenig pfenng pffenig one bird crest coat chest crown head ones arms coats crests insignia crested creast crowned tiara crwon crpwn crowns tiarra crowning tiera reich eagle hawk falcon eaglets egals eable egal eagles eag ealge eagel


I have the first coin but it is 1921. So I guess it means it is not worth any thing. - Kat
Yep. - CoinQuest

I have a 10 Pfennig with two A's. It is zinc 1918 value or no value
- pit
Please read the page. - CoinQuest (Paul)

Hi,I have a headless 1917 in zinc. Another low value one I take it?lol. - Mark
Please read the page. - CoinQuest (Andrei)

I have a 1916 10 Pfennig which looks to be iron but with no mint marks. Is it one of the more valuable ones? - Adrian
Be sure to read the entire page. For cases like this, there are professional authentication services which specialize in determining whether or not a coin is genuine. Look up PCGS, NGC, ICG, and ANACS on the Internet. Do not use other services. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have a 1917 idetical to the top pic with mint marks. Where can i sell it? - Nicholas Robinson
Zinc is a material that oxidize and degrade very easily, so an uncirculated coin can be worth thousands of dollars because it is extremely rare.That explains the large difference in value. It is known in history as the French army lost a war because buttons on jackets were made of zinc. Zinc buttons degrade very quickly at cold and the soldiers has unfolded clothes. Many of soldiers die of cold. - CoinQuest (Andrei)

Hi, I have a 1917 beaded 'F', sticks to magnet. Worth anything? Thanks! - David G
If it's magnetic, you've got the iron version. In most cases, these can be found for a few dollars or less online. - CoinQuest (Todd)






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