Hamburg 1879-J 20 mark

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Sincona sale 18, lot 1716
This specimen was lot 1716 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 850 (about US$1,120 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"20 Mark 1879. Hamburg Fast vorzüglich-vorzüglich. (Germany, city of Hamburg, twenty mark of 1879, extremely fine.)"
This type was struck 1875-84 and 1887-89. 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. This date is rare.

Recorded mintage: 104,000.

Specification: 7.96 g, .900 fine gold, .230 troy oz AGW, this specimen 7.95 g.

Catalog reference: J. 210, KM 602 (formerly KM 289), Fr-3776.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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