Hesse 1888-A 5 mark

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Sincona sale 9, lot 3941
The first specimen was lot 3941 in Sincona sale 9 (Zurich, October 2012), where it sold for 1200 CHF (about US$1,518 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND Hessen, Grossherzogtum Münzstätte Berlin Ludwig IV. 1877-1892. 5 Mark 1888. Kr. Sehr schön. (Grand duchy of Hesse, Louis IV, 1877-92, five mark of 1888, Berlin mint, very fine.)"
This five mark piece was issued from the Berlin mint for the grand duke in 1888 only. It was accompanied by a silver two mark (KM 359) and ten mark (KM 361). Another five mark, with a modified reverse, was issued in 1891 (see Dav-710). This type is rare.

Recorded mintage: 8,940 plus 400 proofs.

Specification: 27.77 g, .900 fine silver, 38 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: J. 69. KM 360, Dav-709.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 9, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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