Bavaria 1876-D 20 mark

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Jean Elsen sale 111, lot 949
Bavaria 1876D 20 mark rev JELsen 111-949.jpg
This specimen was lot 949 in Jean Elsen sale 111 (Brussels, December 2011), where it sold for €470 (about US$723 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ALLEMAGNE, BAVIERE, Ludwig II (1864-1886), AV 20 Mark, 1876 D, Rare. Très Beau à Superbe. (Germany, Bavaria, Louis II (1864-86), gold twenty mark of 1876, rare, very fine to extremely fine.)"
This type is noted for 1874-78, after which none were issued until 1895. King Ludwig II ruled until 1886, when he was deposed in favor of his brother. Disliked for his extravagance and his homosexuality, he died soon after under very mysterious circumstances.

Recorded mintage: 454,000.

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

Catalog reference: J., 197; A.K.S., 190; Fr-3763, KM 900 (formerly KM 504).


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 111, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2011.

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