Germany 1954-F mark
This specimen was part of lot 23136 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), which sold for $282. The catalog description noted, "MIXED LOTS. Three Certified World Coins, 1933-45. NGC MS-63. A very desirable small lot of high grade 20th century coins, beginning with a 5 Rials from Iran dated SH 1312 (1933) that is full white and GEM BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED in an MS-65 holder followed by a 1939 Romania 250 Lei in MS-64, and finally a conditionally scarce 1954-F German Mark in MS-63 that catalogs for $650 in Krause. All three are solid for the assigned grades. Approximate retail value of $450. Inspection advised." This type was produced at four mints (Munich, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Hamburg) in 1950 in such numbers that no more were struck until 1954. Despite the seemingly ample mintages, the dates 1954-D, -F, -G, -J all scarce to rare. The Stuttgart mint mark was "F". The last issue for circulation was in 1994 and the type was retired in 2002 with the coming of the euro.
Recorded mintage: 6,000,000 plus 175 proofs.
Specification: 5.5 g, copper-nickel, 23.5 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 110.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.