Germany 1972-J 10 mark KM-134

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Kunker sale 264, lot 4362
This specimen was lot 4362 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €400 (about US$517 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND, 10 DM 1972, J. Olympische Sommerspiele in München, Spirale. Variante mit Arabesken in der Randschrift. RR Stempelglanz. (Germany, Federal Republic, ten mark of 1972, for the Olympic Games in Munich, arabesque variety. Rare, uncirculated.)"
In 1970-72, the West German government issued six different ten mark from four different mints to promote the 1972 Olympics in Munich. All were saved and are common today except for this variety (KM 134.2) which had arabesques on the lettered edge instead of the intended dots (KM 134.1).

Recorded mintage: 2,350,000 plus 150,000 proofs.

Specification: 15.5 g, .625 fine silver, 32.5 mm diameter, lettered edge.

Catalog reference: J. 401 bF, KM 134.1 (dots) or KM 134.2 (arabesques).

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015

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