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GERMAN TINNIES OF WWII Tinnies were quite abundant in Germany during the Third Reich. They were primarily manufactured from pop-metal and plastic. They were handed out to individuals for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes it may have been for attending a political rally, celebrating labor day, Mother's day, etc.

The quality of construction of the tinnies varies. some are of very low quality, which easily degrade over time, while others are the opposite. Nice detailing all around and with quality similar to that afforded to combat badges. some of the production of tinnies was regulated by the RZM. These tinnies will have a designation of M9. Additional markings may be found in the back portion. It is important to notice that not all tinnies were marked. All tinnies had a pin that allowed them to be attached to a shirt, hat or other piece of clothing.

Tinnies employed a great deal of symbology. Even when it is not clear for which event the item was issued it may be possible to make an educated guess based on the graphics that were built on the design. Often times the name of the city and the year in which the event took place are identified. in addition to that there may be images of things such as farm tools or industry, which normally indicate a Labor day celebration.

The following section shows example of tinnies that were issued during WWII. Whenever possible the items are identified. In addition to that we provide a comprehensive price guide so that the visitor can find out the value of the different tinnies. We also provide an estimated index of the potential appreciation of the German tinnies in the future. All data covers a period from 2006 to the present.

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MOTHER'S DAY TINNIES


WWII GERMAN FAMILY EVENT TINNIE Round shape with the image of a man holding two kids. The words Kinder "Aufs Land", which translates to "Children on the country" are written below.


1939 WWII GERMAN WOMAN LABOR DAY TINNIE Round tinnie with a variety of items plced in the front. Shows the image of a woman walking, an eagle to the left side. Dated 1939


1939 WWII GERMAN WOMAN LABOR DAY TINNIE This is a round tinnie. A scroll with the words "ostmaer altreich sudetenland" which translates to "More Ostmaer old-rich Sudetenland".


WWII GERMAN MOTHER TINNIE - Rectangular, brass piece with a frame around 3 edges. The dates 1914-1916 are placed in the bottom. The image of a woman holding a kid is found in the center.




WWII GERMAN MOTHER AND CHILD TINNIE - Of metal construction. In the shape of a shield. The following phrase is written in the lower section. "helft mutter kind durch die".




LABOR DAY AND LABOR RELATED TINNIES


WWII GERMAN FAMILY EVENT TINNIE - Of round shape and brass color. Features three leaves in the center. The words "Schotzt die Familie" and "Wir opfern" translates to "for the family we sacrifice".


WWII GERMAN 1934 LABOR DAY TINNIE - Round tinnie with a pin on back. The front features the head of a man, a hammer and scicle, an eagle with extended wings sits in lower section.


WWII GERMAN 1936 LABOR DAY TINNIE - Dated 1936. Circular shape with a pin in back. Silver color. The front features several farming tools with an eagle clucthing a swastika on the right side.


WWII GERMAN 1938 LABOR UNION SPORTS EVENT TINNIE - Round shape and silver color. The front features a factory and man holding a ball. The words "Sportappell" and der betriebe" which translates to "Sport appeal of the enterprises".




WWII GERMAN 1935 LABOR DAY TINNIE Oval shape tinnie. Metal construction. Shows three men holding work related items. An eagle is placed at the bottom. Words "Tag der arbeits" translates to "Day at work".


WWII GERMAN LABOR DAY TINNIE Dated 1936. Circular shape with a pin in back. Silver color. The front features several farming tools with an eagle clucthing a swastika on the right side.


WWII GERMAN LABOR DAY TINNIE Oval shape tinnie. Metal construction. Shows three men holding work related items. An eagle is placed at the bottom. Words "Tag der arbeits" translates to "Day at work".


WWII GERMAN LABOR HARVEST DAY TINNIE Round shape tinnie. Brass color. Shows three wheat spears in the center. Words "Fur das tagliche brot" and "wir opfern" translates to "for bread we sacrifice".




WWII GERMAN 1936 DAF MARCH TINNIE Of round shape with a wreath around the perimeter. this tinnie commemorates a march by the DAF which tool place in the city of Gotha in 1936.


WWII GERMAN SWASTIKA JUN 28 1936 TINNIE Of metal construction. This tinnie is in the shape of a swastika. It was issued during an event held on the 28th of June 1936.


WWII 1933 NSBO LABOR PARTY TINNIE - This tinnie is made of stamped pot metal and has been painted gold. Dated 1933. It was probably given out at a labor event. Shows a hand holding a hammer.


WWII GERMAN MAY DAY 1937 TINNIE Of round construction. Features a kid standing on the wings of an eagle. This tinnie was issued at a labor day event in 1937.




ORGANIZATIONAL TINNIES

The different organizations of the Third Reich produced tinnies to commemorate different events. The following are some examples of such items. Usually the tinnies that were created for a particular group will bear elements of its namesake.




WWII GERMAN 1938 - 1939 WKW TINNIE - This is a rectangular shape tinnie. A soldier's face in center. A sword to each side. An eagle placed just below. Pin-back type.


GERMAN WWII DJRA ORGANIZATIONAL TINNIE - Of heavier metal construction. In the shape of a diamond with a wreath in the center which houses a circle with a swastika. The letters DJRA are placed at each corner. Coming Soon


WWII GERMAN SPORTS TINNIE - Round shape. Metal construction. Silver in color. The design consists of a wreath around the perimeter. a large swastika and sword in center.

WWII 1937 HITLER YOUTH TINNIE Of metal construction. Silver color. The design consists of an eagle with the letters DJH inside a triangle. Hitler Youth diamond just below.




WWII GERMAN 1939 NSRL TINNIE - Round shape tinnie with the words "NSRL Gau XII Hessen Heiligenbergfest". This was a festival at the Gau level.


WWII GERMAN 1933 NSKK TINNIE - Of metal construction. In the shape of a shield. Reads "Tag der pfalz kriegsbedschadigten". Issued at a celebration rally.




WWII GERMAN WHW TINNIE - This is a WHW relief organization tinnie.


WWII GERMAN WHW TINNIE - This is a WHW relief organization tinnie.


WWII GERMAN WHW TINNIE - This is a WHW relief organization tinnie.


WWII GERMAN WHW TINNIE - This is a WHW relief organization tinnie.




WWII GERMAN WHW TINNIE - This is a WHW relief organization tinnie.


WWII GERMAN WHW TINNIE - This is a WHW relief organization tinnie.




WWII GERMAN CONTRIBUTION TINNIES


The war effort required a large amount of money. One way in which the effort was financed required volunteers to go out and ask for money from the general public. In exchange for a contribution the person would recieve a tinnie. some of the tinnies were plain. The ones that were more interesting, such as in the shape of a weapon, were normally given to Hitler Youth kids in recognition of their efforts in collecting donations.

Some of the tinnies were issued in a series. For example, medieval shields and weapons. The idea was to entice the donor to colloec the entire series, hence having to donate more money.




WWII GERMAN N.S.K.O.V. DONATION TINNIE Of metal construction. In the shape of a cross with a swastika in the center and a sword. Given by Veteran organizations.


WWII GERMAN N.S.K.O.V. DONATION TINNIE This is a veteran's organization contribution tinnie. Of metal construction. The center shows a sword over a swastika. Marked P17 on back.


WWII GERMAN N.S.K.O.V. DONATION TINNIE Of metal construction. Round shape with a wreath for perimeter. A swastika is placed in the center. A sword is placed above.




WWII HITLER YOUTH CONTRIBUTION TINNIE - Of metal construction. The body is solid and in the shape of a stick grenade. These type of tinnies were given to Hitler Youth in fund raising drives.




GERMAN WWII OWL TINNIE - Of metal construction. The owl has a red stone for an eye. Of pin-back construction. Solid body. This was more than likely a contribution tinnie.


WWII GERMAN WOMAN TINNIE - of pewter construction. This is part of a series of tinnies of animals, people and plants. Pin-back construction. Manufacturer marked.


WWII GERMAN ROSE TINNIE - This is part of the pewter collection depicting people, animals and plants. Of pin-back design. This example does not have any markings.




WWII GERMAN BULL TINNIE - Of ceramic construction. Light brown color. This is the image of a bull with yellow horns. The back has a metal pin.


GERMAN WWII HORSE HEAD TINNIE - This is a ceramic tinnie with a pin attached to the back. In the shape of a cartoon horse head. These type of tinnies were issued at carnicals.

WWII GERMAN TINNIE - This is another example of a ceramic tinnie with pin-back construction. In the shape of a cartoonish old woamn. very exagerated features. Also issued at a carnival event.

WWII GERMAN CARNIVAL TINNIE - Of ceramic construction. In the shape of a Court Jester. Very exagerated features. Of pin-back design. This tinnie was given out at carnivals.




WWII GERMAN GENTLEMAN TINNIE - This item is part of a collection of glazed ceramic tinnies. In the shape of a Gentleman. The back is missing the pin.


WWII GERMAN MOTH TINNIE - In the shape of a colorful moth. Glazed ceramic construction. the pin in the back is missing. No manufacturer markings.


WWII GERMAN MINER TINNIE - In the shape of a miner holding a pick. Glazed ceramic construction. The back has a metal pin. No manufacturer markings are found.


WWII GERMAN FLOWER TINNIE - Of plastic construction. The tinnie looks like a flower with a yellow center. A lady bug is found on one side. The back pin is broken.




WWII GERMAN FLAG TINNIE - Of plastic construction. Square flag featuring a wreath with eagle in the center. A swastika is placed in each corner. The back has a pin.


WWII GERMAN FLAG TINNIE - Of plastic construction. Part of a series of flags. Wreath in the center with an eagle inside. placed over an iron cross. The back has a pin.


WWII GERMAN FUND RAISING TINNIE This is part of a collection of tinnies commemorating Nazi leadership flags. Of plastic construction. Purple color with an Iron Cross in the center.




WWII GERMAN SWASTIKA TINNIE - Of plastic construction. In the shape of a brown swastika with a series of circles in each arm. Pin back type.


WWII GERMAN SWASTIKA TINNIE - Of plastic construction. In the shape of a brown swastika with a series of circles in each arm. Pin back type. Manufacturer marked.



CONTRIBUTION TINNIES - GERMANIC HERITAGE SERIES



WWII GERMAN SHIELD TINNIE - 1 - This is part of a series of Germanic weapons that was given to the Hitler Youth in recognition of fund raising efforts. Round shape with burgundy stone.


WWII GERMAN SHIELD TINNIE - 2 - This is a Germanic shield. This tinnie was part of a series commemorating antique weapons. Given to Hitler Youth for efforts in fund raising. Round shape with yellow stone.


WWII GERMAN SHIELD TINNIE - 3 - This is part of a series of Germanic weapons that was given to the Hitler Youth in recognition of fund raising efforts. Round shape with burgundy stone.


WWII GERMAN SWORD TINNIE - 4 - This tinnie is in the shape of a sword with a red stone in the handle. Celebrating Germanic heritage. Issued to Hitler Youth for fund raising efforts.



WWII GERMAN SHIELD TINNIE - 5 - This is a Germanic shield. Of oval shape with a red stone in the center. Celebrates Germanic heritage. It is one of a series of tinnies.


WWII GERMAN SHIELD TINNIE - 6 - This is a Germanic shield. Of oval shape with a red stone in the center. Celebrates Germanic heritage. It is one of a series of tinnies.


WWII GERMAN SHIELD TINNIE - 7 - This is a Germanic shield. Of oval shape with a circle in the center. Celebrates Germanic heritage. It is one of a series of tinnies.


WWII GERMAN SHIELD TINNIE - 8 - This is a Germanic shield. Of oval shape with a pink stone in the center. Celebrates Germanic heritage. It is one of a series of tinnies.




WWII GERMANIC SWORD TINNIE - 9 - This is a Germanic sword. With a pink stone in the center. Celebrates Germanic heritage. It is one of a series of tinnies.


WWII GERMANIC SWORD TINNIE - 10 - This is a Germanic sword. With a ruby stone in the center. Celebrates Germanic heritage. It is one of a series of tinnies.


WWII GERMANIC SHIELD TINNIE - 11 - This is a Germanic shield. With a ruby stone in the center. Celebrates Germanic heritage. It is one of a series of tinnies.




POLITICAL RALLY TINNIES

The Nazi party along with other sympatizing organizations, held rallies in several cities and venues. The purpose was to generate enthusiasm in the base and to have citizens at large join the spirit of the Third Reich. Tinnies commemorating the rallie were often passed to the attendees.




WWII GERMAN SEPT 1933 TINNIE Of stamped metal construction. rectangular shape with an eagle sitting on top. Dated 1933. Issued for a rally in the borderland.


WWII GERMAN BREMEN 1938 TINNIE Stamped metal construction in the shape of a shield. The design features an eagle holding a shield. Issued in 1938 for attending a rally in Bremen.


WWII BERLIN R.F.S.I. POLITICAL TINNIE This is a tinnie issued to individuals who attended a rally in the city of Berlin sponsored by the RFSI organization. Pin-back type. metal construction.


WWII 1937 POLITICAL EVENT TINNIE Round shape tinnie. Issued in 1937 for attending a Nazi party event. Very intricate design with a pin-back type.




WWII GERMAN 1938 TINNIE Of stamped metal construction. In the shape of a shield. Shows an eagle clutching a shield. Dated 1933. Issued for an event in the city of Bremen.


WWII GERMAN UNITED RALLIE TINNIE - Of pot metal construction. Stamped type with a hollowed back. Pin-back type. The front depicts two hands shaking in front of a monument. dated 1934.


WWII GERMAN EVENT TINNIE - This is a tinnie that was issued in 1934. Designed like a castle. The following words are written in the lower section "Brigade-Treffen wartburgstadt eisenach".


WWII GERMAN 1935 HESSENTAG TINNIE - Of metal construction. On the shape of a shield. Issued at a rally in 1935. Reads "Hessentag in Raffel NSDAP".




WWII GERMAN ARMY CHAMPIONSHIP TINNIE - This tinnie was issued on 1933 in celebration of an Army intramural competition. The front shows the profile of a soldier with The word "heeresmeisterschaften".


WWII GERMAN AUSTRIAN ANNEXATION TINNIE - This tinnie was given out after Germany annexed Austria. The design on the front is the same that is seen on the medals.


WWII GERMAN 1939 REICHSPARTETAG TINNIE - Of tin construction. Featuring a woman with his kid. A political eacgle is placed above. The lower section of the tinnie reads "reichspartetag 1939".


WWII GERMAN POLITICAL TINNIE - Of tin construction. Featuring a woman with his kid. A political eacgle is placed above. The lower section of the tinnie reads "reichspartetag 1939".




WWII GERMAN MOTHER AND CHILD TINNIE - LARGE Of Zinc construction. Round shape. This is a larger than normal version. Pin-back construction. Manufactured by Hermann Aurich.


WWII GERMAN MOTHER AND CHILD TINNIE - LARGE Of Zinc construction. Round shape. This is a larger than normal version. Pin-back construction. Manufactured by Werner Redo.


WWII GERMAN AUSTRIAN ANNEXATION TINNIE - LARGE Of Zinc construction. Round shape. This is a larger than normal version. Pin-back construction. not Manufacturer marked.


WWII GERMAN HITLER TINNIE Of metal construction. Round shape. This is a tinnie handed out at a political rally.




1939 WWII GERMAN SHIP TINNIE Of plastic construction. In the shape of a shield. Pin-back type. Manufacturer marked.




MISCELLANEOUS TINNIES

The Third Reich created a large number of tinnies for many different purposes. It is estimated that there are over 4,000 tinnies. It is impossible to say how many were created with certainty because there was no central control over production. The tinnies featured on this section of the site are a few examples of the variety that existed.




WWII GERMAN 1934 FLIGHT
CELEBRATION TINNIE
Round brass colored tinnie. A bird in flight is placed in the center. It is heading towards a red sun. The back has a metal pin.


WWII GERMAN REMLCGEID CITY EVENT TINNIE - This tinnie is of metal construction. The back is solid and has a vertical pin. In the shape of a shield with a lion in front.

WWII GERMAN CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT - Of light plstic construction. White in color. Of oval shape with a shield in the center which houses the image of a castle.


WWII GERMAN CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT - Of light plstic construction. White in color. Of oval shape with a shield in the center which houses the image of two crosses under a crown.




WWII GERMAN STAHLHELM PIN / TINNIE - While this may not be technically a tinnie it is of very seimilar construction. Stamped metal with a wreath and a helmet inside it. may have been a photo album ornament.


WWII GERMAN TINNIE - Of stamped metal construction. round shape. The image of an athlete holding a torch and a wreath is seen in the front.

WWII GERMAN PYRAMID TINNIE - Of plastic construction. Pyramid shape with a chain fence at the base. The name of a sports club is found below the fence.

WWII GERMAN TINNIE - Of stamped metal construction. Circular shape with extensions on four sections. Lion figure in the center.




WWII GERMAN DRAGON SLAYER TINNIE Of metal construction. Round shape with a gold border and red center. Features a horse mounted knight slaying a dragon. Pin-back construction.


WWII GERMAN SWIRL FRONT TINNIE Of plastic construction. Round shape. The front has a series of swirl lines and dots. The back has a pin and manufacturer markings.


WWII GERMAN TANK TINNIE This is a tinnie in the shape of a tank with a man peering out of the turret. More than likely a contribution tinnie.


WWII GERMAN CELEBRATION OF CHILDREN TINNIE Of metal construction. Round shape. The tinnie features a man holding hands with his children.


WWII GERMAN GYMNASIUM TINNIE Of metal construction. Shield shape. The tinnie features the dates of 1686 and 1936.


WWII GERMAN GOLD CONTRIBUTION TINNIE COIN Of metal construction. Round shape. The tinnie was given in recognition of people who contributed gold to the war effort.


WWII GERMAN WHW SKI TINNIE Of metal construction. The shape of a single ski with a shield in the center. Edelweiss flower inside the shield.


WWII GERMAN WHW SKI TINNIE Of metal construction. In the shape of a single ski. Two shields, side by side, are placed in the center.




WWII GERMAN Of plastic construction. In the shape of a ship. Pin-back construction.


WWII GERMAN HITLER YOUTH Of plastic construction. Round shape with a ship in the center. Pin-back construction.





 
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