Germany 1886-E mark
This specimen was lot 70601 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, February 2020), where it sold for $132. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Mark, 1886-E. Muldenhutten Mint. Wilhelm I. NGC MS-64. Sharply struck with subtle blue and golden tone on the eagle side that deepens on the date and denomination side. Tied with two other examples for the finest graded of this issue at NGC. From the Galignani's Messenger Newspaper Find." This coin is a silver one mark from a type issued 1873-87 from nine mints, including the Berlin (mintmark "A"), Munich (mintmark "D"), Muldenhutten (mintmark "E", shown here), Stuttgart (mintmark "F"), Karlsruhe (mintmark "G") and Hamburg (mintmark "J") mints. 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. The pre-war silver marks are not rare but the 1914-16 issues were almost completely hoarded, making them common today in all grades. This one is priced triple the 1874-A from Berlin.
Recorded mintage: 764,000.
Specification: 5.55 g, .900 fine silver, 24 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-7.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The February 2020 Collector's Choice sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2020.