Bavaria 1918-D 3 mark

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Sincona sale 39, lot 3407
This specimen was lot 3407 in Sincona sale 39 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 33,000 CHF (about US$39,577 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Bayern, Königreich, Ludwig III. 1913-1918 3 Mark 1918 D. München Auf die Goldene Hochzeit des bayerischen Königspaares. Sehr selten. Fast FDC. Mattiert. (kingdom of Bavaria, Louis III, 1913-18, three mark of 1918, Munich mint, on the golden wedding anniversary of the royal couple. Very rare. About uncirculated. Matte.)"
This type, struck in the closing months of World War One, is one of the rarest of the Wilhelmine Empire. Germany was losing and the Allied blockade was causing severe distress among the civilian population. Silver was hoarded and very little was available for minting.

Recorded mintage: 130.

Specification: 16.67 g, .900 fine silver, lettered edge, this specimen 16.55 g.

Catalog reference: J. 54, KM 1010.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Jürg Richter, Auction 39, World coins and medals, coins and medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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