Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Palachensa, Aug 17, 2019.
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As you may have known, the difference in color between your brownish and yellowish 1938-A coins is because the 1- is struck in bronze while the 10- is struck in aluminum-bronze.
Everything I see there looks normal to me, including the 1938-A reichspfennig. It does not look dipped to me but rather looks Uncirculated. Maybe it was dipped and maybe it wasn't. But it looks OK to me.
Any idea why they look so perfect? Especially the 1938-A 1
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In the first years of the Third Reich, the Ministry of Finance and other departments of the Reich and the NSDAP received an avalanche of accusations that the artist who had been responsible for the coins of 5 and 10 pfennigs, had included numerous Jewish and Masonic symbols in his design. The four oak leaves on the value side, for example, were considered counterclockwise, and were perceived as a Jewish symbol, since the Hebrew script goes from right to left, contrary to German spelling. The rhombuses created by the crossed stems on the other side, represented in the opinion of the public, a Masonic symbol. The Reich Ministry of Finance responded that Professor Raemisch had only had one day to design the new coins in 1923, since these coins should be issued immediately after the stabilization of the Mark. And therefore, no artist could have included so many symbols in the design in such a short time, so the complaints were dismissed and the coins were minted without change until 1936.
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