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Getting closer to the 25th Anniversary of German Reunification in 2014. Mementos from the post-WWII era of German Occupation and Division grow dear and scarce. There are nostalgia movements in Germany where former Ossies--as they were then called--gather to reminisce about growing up in a closed society--the good and the bad of Soviet socialism.

These seven coins in various pfennig and Ostmark amounts are arranged on a paper parade flag. The State minted coins are reminders of how transient even governments and whole regimes. East Germany cease to exist the moment its people breached the infamous Berlin Wall. Swept away nearly overnight. Though East German currency had no market value in the West, Western goods were coveted. Scarcity prepared what was at heart a nation of suppressed consumers.

These aluminum alloy coins date from 1977 to 1982. The 20 pfennig clearly has copper content. They are all in circulated condition and were "smuggled" out during the period East Germany forbade the export of its currency to the West even though requiring an exchange of Western currency to obtain a visa. There was nothing to buy except bland meals and exiting tourists gave leftover coins away.

Seven denominations in this offering: One, Five, Ten, Twenty and Fifty Pfennig pieces; One Mark and Two Mark coins, along with rare period paper flag for displaying and possibly framing coins.

Souvenirs of a nation that now exists only in memory.

Vintage East German Coins Minted in Cold War Division


  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Materials: paper, ink
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