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The value of a coin  

Is my coin valuable or not? One small detail can make all the difference. We will show you a few typical examples where minor details separate the wheat from the chaff.

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Think your coin could be valuable?

You may be right. However, it is frequently the case that coins that look valuable turn out to be mass produced and worthless. Here, the devil truly is in the details. On this page, we will show you how two coins can be very similar in appearance but far removed in terms of value.

Coin experts can tell the difference

A trained eye and extensive specialist knowledge are needed to tell the difference between coins that are valuable and those that are not. Perhaps you have seen a very valuable coin at your local coin dealer’s or in a catalogue and realised that you have the same one in your collection. Of course, it is always possible that you do have a valuable specimen on your hands. However, it is often minor details that scupper such dreams. This is illustrated by the following examples.

Do you have a valuable German coin?

Do you have a DM 5 coin from 1958?

Is your DM 5 coin rare or mass-produced?

A DM 5 piece can often be found in old piggy banks or forgotten wallets. If it is his lucky day, the finder may have a valuable specimen on his hands. In most cases, however, it is only worth between five and ten euros.

Millions of the DM 5 circulation coins were minted every year. Solely the 1958 J issue was only minted 60,000 times. The number of specimens from this issue was greatly reduced even more when the coin was withdrawn from circulation and melted down in 1975. As the price of silver had risen considerably at this time, the coin’s material value was greater than its face value.

So get the microscope out and look for the J. Have you found a rare coin?
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Who were “the first four”?

Only the first four commemorative coins are valuable

The first four commemorative coins are the most valuable

Germanic Museum (1952), Schiller (1955), Markgraf (1955) and Eichendorff (1957) – these four commemorative coins each have a mintage of fewer than 200,000 and can be sold for a few hundred euros. No other DM 5 commemorative coins are of interest for most collectors.

What makes the 50-pfennig coin from 1950 valuable?

50-pfennig piece – valuable or not?

“Bank Deutscher Länder” and minted in Karlsruhe

Here too, of course, the mintage determines the value of the coin. Is the 50-pfennig piece in your collection from 1950? If so, please check whether there is a G below the “50”. If this is the case, then congratulations are in order – you are the proud owner of the rarest and most valuable 50-pfennig piece. This issue was incorrectly minted with the inscription “BANK DEUTSCHER LÄNDER”. The 30,000-coin issue was brought into circulation with a special notification.

Our coin experts can estimate exactly how much your 50-pfennig piece is worth.
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The all-important “thick dots”

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Both 10-pfennig pieces from 1917 without mint mark, but only one is valuable

10-pfennig piece from 1917 – “thick dots” will fetch a collector’s price

In the case of the 10-pfennig coin without mint mark from 1917, an off-metal error occurred, with zinc being used instead of iron. This mintage can be recognised by the thicker “dots” on the outer edge of the back of the coin. Collectors pay many times the usual price for this mintage. However, the 1918 D 10-pfennig piece is even more valuable.

Winning the 2-pfennig lottery

2-pfennig piece from 1969 – magnetic or not?

Is your 2-pfennig piece from 1969 magnetic?

2-pfennig pieces do not normally attract much attention. But if you have a specimen from 1969, you should take a closer look. Is there a J at the upper edge just above the figure? If there is, then use a magnet to see if the coin is magnetic or not. In this case, this is the key factor in determining the value of the coin. It is very likely that the coin is magnetic. The chance of it not being magnetic is equivalent to that of getting six numbers in the lottery. This is because only 550 of these coins were originally minted.

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We will advise you on how to obtain the best price for your coin.

What are your coins worth?

Would you like to have your coins given a genuine estimate free of charge? Simply send some photos to info@felzmann.de, via WhatsApp with +49 (0)173 607 73 73 or give us call on +49(0)211 5504419. Of course you can also fill in our contact form and we will get in touch with you.

We will advise you on the best way to turn your coin into cash. Maybe your piece is even suitable for our coin auction.


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