Anhalt 1904-A 20 mark

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Sincona sale 4, lot 4488
This specimen was lot 4488 in Sincona sale 4 (Zurich, October 2011), where it sold for 2,300 CHF (about US$3,060 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND Kaiserreich Anhalt, Herzogtum Münzstätte Berlin Friedrich II. 1904-1914. 20 Mark 1904. Zum Regierungsantritt. Gutes sehr schön. (Duchy of Anhalt, Frederick II, 1904-14, twenty mark of 1904, for the beginning of the reign. Good very fine.)"
This type was struck 1904 only and is rare. It is listed in the SCWC under "Anhalt-Dessau" but as the other branches of Anhalt, Anhalt-Bernberg and Anhalt-Cothen, had gone extinct by 1863, the title on the coin is simply "HERZOG V. ANHALT." This coin is the only gold issue of this ruler, who also emitted two, three and five mark coins in silver. All are products of the Berlin mint.

Recorded mintage: 20,000 plus 200 proofs.

Specification: 7.96 g, .900 fine gold, .230 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: J. 182. KM 28, Fr. 3751.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes: Auction 4, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2011.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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