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  • 2 Pfennig 1904-1916, KM# 16, Germany, Empire, William II
  • 2 Pfennig 1904-1916, KM# 16, Germany, Empire, William II

Engravers: O. Schultz, E. Weigand


The coat of arms of the German Empire (Reichsadler with shield on breast). Mintmarks near edge, below feet of eagle.

The Reichsadler ("Imperial Eagle") was the heraldic eagle, derived from the Roman eagle standard, used by the Holy Roman Emperors and in modern coats of arms of Germany, including those of the Second German Empire (1871–1918), the Weimar Republic (1919–1933) and the "Third Reich" (Nazi Germany, 1933–1945).

The Reichsadler had already been introduced at the Proclamation of Versailles, although the first version had been only a provisional one. The design of the eagle was altered at least twice during the German Empire (1871–1918). It shows the imperial eagle, a comparatively realistic black eagle, without scepter and orb, on the breast shield the Prussian eagle, overlaid with the shield of the House of Hohenzollern, with the German State Crown. The eagle has a red beak, tongue and claws, with open wings and feathers. In contrast to its predecessor, the eagle of the German Confederation, it has only one head, looking to the right, symbolising that important parts of the old empire, Austria and Bohemia, were not part of this new empire.



Denomination, date at right.



2 Pfennig

Small Shield
KM# 16 Schön# 11 Jaeger# 11
Material Bronze
Weight 3.333 g
Diameter 20 mm
Thickness 1.5 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Bavarian Central Mint (D)
Berlin State Mint (A)
Hamburg Mint (J)
Karlsruhe State Mint (G)
Muldenhütten Mint (E)
Stuttgart State Mint (F)

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