Germany 1909-F 5 pfennig
This specimen was lot 2513 in Goldberg sale 100 (Los Angeles, September 2017), where it sold for $1,116.25. The catalog description noted, "Germany. 5 Pfennig, 1909-F. Scarce mint. NGC graded Proof 65 Cameo." This coin is a copper-nickel five pfennig from a type issued 1890-1915 from the Berlin (mintmark "A"), Munich (mintmark "D"), Muldenhutten (mintmark "E"), Stuttgart (mintmark "F", shown here), Karlsruhe (mintmark "G") and Hamburg (mintmark "J") mints. Under the German Empire of 1871-1918, the denominations of two mark and up were permitted to the formerly independent principalities while the lower denominations (one pfennig thru one mark) were minted to a unified design. Wartime shortages forced the regime to convert the coin to iron in 1915-22.
Recorded mintage: 252,000, a scarce date.
Specification: 2.5 g, copper-nickel, 18 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-11,, J-12.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 100: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2017.