Germany 1902-F 50 pfennig

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Sincona sale 39, lot 3343
This specimen was lot 3343 in Sincona sale 39 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 325 CHF (about US$390 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"GERMANY, Empire, 50 Pfennig 1902 F. Stuttgart. Fast vorzüglich. NGC AU 58. (empire of Germany, fifty pfennig of 1902, Stuttgart mint. About extremely fine.)"
This coin is a silver fifty pfennig from a type issued 1896-1905 from the Stuttgart (mintmark "F") 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 scarce type.

Recorded mintage: 95,000 plus proofs, a scarce date.

Specification: 2.77 g, .900 fine silver, .080 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: J. 15. KM 15.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Jürg Richter, Auction 39, World coins and medals, coins and medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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