Hamburg 1888-J 5 mark

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Künker sale 294, lot 4275
This specimen was lot 4275 in Künker sale 294 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €1,300 (about US$1,752 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"REICHSSILBERMÜNZEN, HAMBURG, Freie und Hansestadt. 5 Mark 1888. Vorzüglich. Exemplar der Slg. Bernhard Terletzki. Erworben 1970 von der Galerie des Monnaies, Düsseldorf. (unified silver coinage, free city of Hamburg, five mark of 1888, extremely fine.)"

This type was struck in Hamburg 1875-76 and 1888. Hamburg, on the North Sea, was one of three imperial free cities permitted a continued existence under the Empire of 1871; Bremen and Lubeck were the others. She struck silver two, three and five mark and gold ten and twenty mark until that Empire's collapse in 1918. This type is readily available in worn condition but expensive in high grade. The Hamburg mint is still in operation, striking coins for the Federal Republic of Germany.

Recorded mintage: 40,000, the key date.

Specification: 27.77 g, .900 fine silver, .803 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 287, Dav-658, J. 62.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 294: Goldprägungen | Deutsche Münzen ab 1871 | Russische Münzen und Medaillen, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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