East Germany – 1 Pfennig – 1953

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Back from a bygone era is East Germany. This was a country formed in the aftermath of WWII effectively controlled by the Soviets while West Germany was more free. On the front is pretty standard markers with Deutschland being Germany however it doesn’t say east. This may seem odd to the casual readers since East Germany was officially called the German Democratic Republic. The reason for its exclusion from the title is because it was not until the 1960s that the country’s name began to appear on the coins. Fun fact: Stalin died in 1953. On the back is Soviet imagery mixed with stalks of wheat. Unlike more modern designs this coin is fairly small and quite light. In Germany a pfennig was equivalent to 1 cent.

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