Germany 1919-E 50 pfennig
This specimen was lot 22652 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Chicago, August 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. 50 Pfennig, 1919-E. Muldenhutten Mint. PCGS MS-65 Gold Shield. Stunning example of the W[ei]mar Republic's earliest issues. Among the finest certified with only one example graded finer at PCGS. Seldom encountered in Mint State, this piece displays gleaming luster with subtle champagne toning across each side. This date and mint catalogs for $450 in MS-63 in the SCWC." This type was type struck 1919-22 in the aftermath of defeat in World War One. It is one of the first aluminum coins issued for circulation.
Recorded mintage: 930,000 + 35 proofs.
Specification: 1.6 g, aluminum, 23 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-27; J-301.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The August 2019 Chicago ANA Auction: World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.