Hamburg 1876-J 2 mark
This specimen is lot 117 in Scotsman's Midwest summer sale (St. Louis, July 2010). The catalog description noted, "German States. 1876J Hamburg Free City 2 Marks. NGC MS-65. Astounding luster and a stupendously powerful strike certainly could leave one to believe that the NGC MS-65 grade is too conservative for this stunning 2-marks silver coin of Hamburg, Germany. Every brick in the castle wall is razor sharp, and there is no strike weakness at all on either lion motif. Faint evidence of a clashed die can be seen on the reverse, that notion reinforced by several small radial die cracks." Hamburg, on the North Sea, was one of two imperial free cities permitted a continued existence under the Empire of 1871; Bremen was the other. She struck silver two, three and five mark and gold ten and twenty mark until that Empire's collapse in 1918. The Hamburg mint is still in operation, striking coins for the Federal Republic of Germany.
Recorded mintage: 3,962,000.
Specification: 11.11 g, .900 fine silver, .321 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 604 (formerly KM 290).
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.