Imperial German Coins (1871-1918)

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Coins of the German Empire (1871-1918)
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On January 18, 1871, rulers of the individual German states agreed to unify and create a new German Empire with Wilhelm I as Emperor.  Following unification, the coinage of the Empire became standardized as to denominations and types, though the individual states retained their identities on the denominations 2 Marks and above)

Minor coins (1 Pfennig to 1 Mark) circulated throughout the new Empire and replaced local currencies such as Hellers, Kreuzers, Groschen, and others.  Each coin bore a generic design that reinforced the concept of a German Empire in the minds of the general public.  Denominations of 2 Marks and above were state-specific, but shared a common reverse design.

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