Hamburg 1887-J 20 mark

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 50115
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 50115 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $395. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. Hamburg. 20 Mark, 1887-J. NGC XF-45." This type was struck 1875-89 and is among the more common twenty mark of the Second Empire.

Recorded mintage: 251,000 (a slightly better date).

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

Catalog reference: Fr-3776; KM-289.


  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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