German Empire, 2 Pfennig 1913


ID Number: DB05-0140
Category: Modern Coins
Description: German Empire, 2 Pfennig 1913
Country or State: German Empire
Year: 1913
Period: German Empire (1871-1918)
Head of State/Ruler: Wilhelm II
Reign: 1888 - 1918
Currency: Mark
Face Value: 2 Pfennig
Obverse: Denomination, date at right
Obverse Legend: DEUTSCHES REICH 1913, 2 PFENNIG
Obverse Designer:  
Reverse: Crowned imperial eagle with shield on breast
Reverse Legend:  
Reverse Designer:  
Edge: Plain
Mint Mark: E (Muldenhutten (1887-1953))
Composition: Copper (Cu)
Diameter: 20.00 mm
Thickness: 1.05 mm
Weight: 3.3000 grams
Mintage: 413,000
Krause & Mishler Number: KM# 16
Other Catalog Number:  
State of Conservation: Uncirculated (Unc)

Proof (Prf) € -
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) € -
Mint State/Mint Condition (MS) € 75.00
Uncirculated (Unc) € 65.00
Extremely Fine (XF) € 12.00
Very Fine (VF) € 3.00
Fine (F) € 0.50
Very Good (VG) € -
Good (G) € -

Germany, a nation of north-central Europe which from 1871 to 1945 was, successively, an empire, a republic and a totalitarian state, attained its territorial peak as an empire when it comprised a 208,780 sq. mi. (540,740 sq. km.) homeland and an overseas colonial empire.
As the power of the Roman Empire waned, several war-like tribes residing in northern Germany moved south and west, invading France, Belgium, England, Italy and Spain. In 800 A.D. the Frankish king Charlemagne, who ruled most of France and Germany, was crowned Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, a loose federation of an estimated 1,800 German States that lasted until 1806. Modern Germany was formed from the eastern part of Charlemagne's empire.
After 1812, the German States were reduced to a federation of 32, of which Prussia was the strongest. In 1871, Prussian chancellor Otto von Bismarck united the German States into an empire ruled by William I, the Prussian king. The empire initiated a colonial endeavor and became one of the world's greatest powers.
Germany disintegrated as a result of World War I. It was reestablished as the Weimar Republic. The humiliation of defeat, economic depression, poverty and discontent gave rise to Adolf Hitler, 1933, who reconstituted Germany as the Third Reich and after initial diplomatic and military triumphs, expanded his goals beyond Europe into Africa and USSR which led it into final disaster in World War II, ending on VE Day, May 7, 1945.