Germany 1954-G mark
This specimen was lot 22668 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $336. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Mark, 1954-G. Karlsruhe Mint. PCGS MS-64. Key date, KM catalog value of $1,900 in MS63. Sharply struck with soft satin luster." 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 Karlsruhe mint mark was "G". The last issue for circulation was in 1994 and the type was retired in 2002 with the coming of the euro.
Recorded mintage: 3,459,000 + 15 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, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.