Germany 1908-D mark

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from the Stack's Bowers 2020 Collector's Choice sale, lot 70606
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This specimen was lot 70606 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, February 2020), where it sold for $156. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. Mark, 1908-D. Munich Mint. PCGS MS-67 Gold Shield. A highly lustrous gem quality Mark with russet to cobalt toning." This coin is a silver one mark from a type issued 1890-1918 from six mints, including the Berlin (mintmark "A"), Munich (mintmark "D", shown here), Muldenhutten (mintmark "E"), 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 four times the 1914-A from Berlin.

Recorded mintage: 1,126,000.

Specification: 5.55 g, .900 fine silver, 24 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-14; J-17.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]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.

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