Hamburg 1877-J 5 mark

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UBS sale 85, lot 491
This specimen was lot 491 in UBS sale 85 (Zurich, September 2010), where it sold for 700 CHF (about US$799 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Kaiserreich, Hamburg, Hansestadt 5 Mark 1877. Vorzüglich." (German Empire, city of Hamburg, 5 mark of 1875. Extremely fine).
This type was struck 1877 only and is rather scarce. Several German states issued gold five mark in 1877 but the denomination was abandoned in favor of a silver five mark, gold being restricted to ten and twenty mark pieces. Hamburg, on the North Sea, was one of two imperial free cities permitted a continued existence under the Empire of 1871; Bremen was the other. She struck silver two, three and five mark and gold ten and twenty mark until that Empire's collapse in 1918. The Hamburg mint is still in operation, striking coins for the Federal Republic of Germany.

Recorded mintage: 441,000.

Specification: 1.99 g, .900 fine gold, .067 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: J. 208, KM 605 (formerly KM 291), Fr-3782.

Source:

  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]UBS Gold & Numismatics, Auction 84: Gold and Silver Coins, Basel, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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