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Germany Prussia 1, 2, 3, and 4 Pfennig  1821 to 1873
Germany Prussia 1, 2, 3, and 4 Pfennig 1821 to 1873

Well, I don't know what I would do without those know it alls over at The Coin Doctor. When someone asks me a hard question (you are good at that, Serene!), I often refer to the Doc's body of numismatic knowledge to save my hide. This coin is no exception.

These coins from the old German State of Prussia all have similar designs and inscriptions. The numeric values change:

(1 pfennig) 1 pfenninge, 1/360th of a thaler
(2 pfennig) 2 pfenninge, 1/180th of a thaler
(3 pfennig) 3 pfenninge, 1/120th of a thaler
(4 pfennig) 4 pfenninge, 1/90th of a thaler

Catalog value is low for all but a few special dates in all these series. On average, this is how catalog values run:

1, 2, 3, AND 4 PFENNIG:
worn: $4 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $10
well preserved: $30
fully uncirculated: $70

The special, extra valuable dates and mint marks are called out here. Values are for coins in average circulated condition.

1 PFENNIG
1826B: $35

2 PFENNIG
1821B: $55
1822B: $75
1823B: $125
1845D: $125

3 PFENNIG
1821B: $70
1822B: $70
1823A: $125
1824A: $125
1850A: $150

4 PFENNIG
1821B: $75
1822B: $75
1825B: $100
1849A: $70

Here are some words of wisdom from the Coin Doctor:

The legend 120 EINEN THALER on the 3 pfennig tells you that 120 3 pfennigs (or 360 Pfennigs) was equal to one thaler, (pronounced tollar, like 'dollar' with a 't'). The term SCHEIDE MUNZE refers to the fact that the 3 pfennige was 'fractional money', that is less value than a thaler.

Coin: 1219 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: serene, Sat, 05-Sep-2009 15:20:50 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 19-Dec-2012 23:07:52 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Wed, 19-Dec-2012 22:57:30 GMT
Requester description: Face:120 EINEN THALER crown on top of shield with a type of bird with wings spread inside.Back scheide munze 3 pfenninge 1868 and the letter A
Tags: germany prussia 1 2 3 4 pfennig crown shield eagle coat arms coats crests insignia crest creast hawk falcon crowned tiara crwon crpwn crowns tiarra tiera 120 einen thaler type types bird wing winged wings scheide munze penning pffnig pfrnnig ffennig pfennisc phening pfennige pfenning pfenninge pfenn pfenig pfenng pffenig letter

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