Prussia 1872-A 10 mark
This type was struck 1872-73 in substantial numbers from the Berlin (mintmark "A"), Breslau (mintmark "B") and Cleve (mintmark "C") mints during the reign of William I, emperor of Germany 1871-88. It was superseded in 1874 by a type (KM 506) with a revised reverse. Tho this later type was struck 1874-88, it is not as common as the type shown here. There is a concurrent twenty mark gold piece (Fr-3814) with a similar design. After the unification of Germany in 1871, the previously independent states were permitted to mint coins of a face value of two mark and up while the smaller coinage was struck to a uniform design. The first specimen was lot 6459 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $258.50. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Prussia. 10 Mark, 1872-A. NGC MS-67. A fantastic example with attractive orange peel tone."
Recorded mintage: 3,123,332.
Specification: 3.98 g, .900 fine gold, .115 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-3819; KM-502.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2017 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Richard Stuart Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.