Germany 1877-C 50 pfennig
This specimen was lot 33946 in Heritage sale 3076 (Long Beach, CA, September 2019), where it sold for $432. The catalog description noted, "Germany: Wilhelm I 50 Pfennig 1877-C MS68 NGC, Frankfurt mint. Wonderfully toned in a halo of color, and a nearly perfect representative of the issue." This coin is a silver fifty pfennig from a type issued 1877-78 from the Frankfurt (mintmark "C") mint. Under the German Empire of 1871-1918, the denominations of two mark and up were permitted for the formerly independent principalities while the lower denominations (one pfennig thru one mark) were minted to a unified design. This is a rather better type. No fifty pfennig were minted between 1878 and 1895.
Recorded mintage: 2,387,753 (small eagle, KM 6) + 2,819,513 (large eagle, KM 8).
Specification: 2.77 g, .900 fine silver, .080 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 8.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3076, featuring the Allen Moretti Swiss Collection and the James Mossman Collection of Canadian Coinage, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.