Poland 1917-FF 5 fenigow
This specimen was lot 25487 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $646.25. The catalog description noted, "German Occupation Proof 5 Fenigow 1917-F, Proof 63 PCGS, reflective surfaces with minimal oxidation, rare in Proof." As a result of the Vienna Conference of 1815, Poland was returned to the partition by Prussia, Austria and Russia. After the Germans defeated the Russians in 1916-17, they occupied the rest of Poland and issued occupation coinage in iron for the territory in 1917-18. When the Germans were in turn defeated in November 1918, the Poles rose up and reclaimed their independence, defeating a Russian invasion in 1920-22.
Recorded mintage: 18,700,000 plus proofs.
Specification: 2.53 g, iron, 18 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-Y5, Fischer-ON-005.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.