Germany 1877-E 50 pfennig

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3986
This specimen was lot 3986 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €210 (about US$271 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"50 Pfennig 1877, E. Prachtexemplar. Fast Stempelglanz. (empire of Germany, fifty pfennig of 1877, choice uncirculated.)"
This coin is a silver fifty pfennig from a type issued 1877-78 from the Muldenhutten (mintmark "E") 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 slightly better type. No fifty pfennig were minted between 1878 and 1895.

Recorded mintage: 2,296,000 (wreath reverse) plus 1,121,000 (plain reverse).

Specification: 2.77 g, .900 fine silver.

Catalog reference: J. 8, KM 8 (shown here) and KM 6 (plain reverse).

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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