Germany 10 Pfennig (Copper-Nickel)  1873 to 1916
Germany 10 Pfennig (Copper-Nickel) 1873 to 1916

Just about all of these 10 pfennig coins from the German Empire catalog in the $2 to $5 region for worn coins. There are exceptions, and we call them out below. The series runs from 1873 to 1916. In 1889 the design of the reverse changes a little and in 1916 the composition changes from copper-nickel to iron and zinc (see this page [PRESS HERE] for information on the iron and zinc coins).

COMMON DATE 10 PFENNIG 1873 TO 1889 (copper-nickel):
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $20
fully uncirculated: $50

COMMON DATE 10 PFENNIG 1890 TO 1916 (copper-nickel):
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $2
well preserved: $8
fully uncirculated: $30

BETTER DATES for copper-nickel coins are shown below. The values are for coins in well preserved condition:

1873A,B,C,D,F,G: $40
1873H: $500
1874D: $65
1874E: $40
1874H: $50
1875B: $40
1875H: $50
1876H: $40
1891G: $100
1892G: $30
1892J: $8000
1894E: $40
1896G: $100
1900J: $20
1901G,J: $60
1902G,J: $40
1903G,J: $50
1904G,J: $50
1905G,J: $40
1909F,G,J: $45
1910E,G: $30
1915G: $200

Please read our Important Terminology page to understand how catalog values work.

Coin: 1023 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: , Mon, 17-Aug-2009 01:57:20 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 18-May-2013 17:39:40 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest -- appraisal ok., Mon, 13-Apr-2015 13:48:31 GMT
Requester description: 1876 Germany 10 pfennig
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I have a 1911 german 10 pfennig , can't find info here - paul
Wow. This was one of our first pages from back in 2009. Somehow it had never been updated to a more comprehensible format. It is fixed now. 1911 10 pfennig: worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $2
well preserved: $8
fully uncirculated: $30
- CoinQuest (Paul)

I have an 1874 10 pfennig. How do I tell what letter it would be?
- Daniel Hector De Vivo
On well preserved coins without issues, the mint mark should be rather clearly visible at either side of the tail of the eagle at the bottom of the reverse side. The coin in our image, for example, shows the 'B' mint mark in this location. If the coin is worn, a loupe can sometimes help to read the smaller letters. Major problems such as gouges or corrosion can obscure the mint mark, but these same problems also remove most of the value of a coin, making the mint mark largely irrelevant. - CoinQuest (Chris)

I have a coin 10 pfennig 1873 H, in very good condition, I would like to know how many were made or coined, and courage to sell it, thanks - Daniel
Nice! As you've probably seen, 1873 H is a star of this series. 44,000 coins were struck, and at the time of production, they were put into circulation and worn down along with all the regular currency. When the old pfennigs were demonetized, most of them were handed into banks, exchanged for new currency. It's impossible to say exactly how many are still around, but it's highly possible that there's just a few hundred left. Counterfeits of some old German coins are know, but I can't find any evidence for exactly this issue having ever been faked. If the weight is 4.000 grams or only very slightly less, and if the diameter is 21 millimeters, then that speaks well for the coin. You can use this link to post a free rolling ad here on CoinQuest, if you'd like. You can also check out our informative page on buying/selling coins. Best of luck with it! - CoinQuest (Chris)





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