Germany 50 Reichspfennig with Swastika  1938 and 1939
Germany 50 Reichspfennig with Swastika 1938 and 1939

One of the ways the newly installed Nazi party flexed its political muscles in Germany was to issue new 1938 and 1939 50 pfennig coins with a special pattern and a swatsika under the eagle. The design is similar to, but not exactly the same as, the predecessor and successor 50 pfennigs, which had been minted since 1927 and continued until 1944:

- 1938 and 1939, special pattern with swatstika (this page)
- Predecessor, 1927 to 1938, no swatstika, made of nickel
- Successor, 1935 to 1944, some with swatstika, made of aluminum

This page applies to the 1938 and 1939 special pattern coins shown in our main picture. They are made of nickel. Catalog values run like this:

worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $35
well preserved: $50
fully uncirculated: $85

These catalog values apply to both dates and all mint marks, except:

1938E: $100 fully uncirculated
1938G: $150 uncirculated
1938J: $250 unc
1939G: $150 unc
1939J: $100 unc

These are inflated catalog values which must be adjusted to obtain actual buy and sell values. Use our Important Terminology page for this purpose.

Coin: 17711 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: Ramike, Mon, 01-Sep-2014 19:03:32 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 02-Sep-2014 00:41:42 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sun, 17-Dec-2017 21:30:15 GMT
Requester description: 1938 Large eagle holding swastika wreath in center, surrounded by oak wreath, text at top. Mint mark A under swastika wreath as coins without swastika.
Large 50 in center surrounded by oak wreath, text at top.
Looks to be a running die change in 1938 as I have 1938 both with and without the swastika.
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