Hesse 1891-A 2 mark
This specimen was lot 29752 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $998.75. The catalog description noted, "Hesse-Darmstadt. Ludwig IV 2 Mark 1891-A MS62 NGC, Berlin mint. Seldom encountered in a Mint-State designation, this one-year type features lovely, darkened tone that sets the surfaces awash in varying shades of gray and silver. The somewhat frosty portrait of Ludwig IV stands out from the surrounding color, with sharply-defined features clearly noticeable. A nearly-choice representative of this type, most engaging as such." Normally, two mark are less avidly collected than the larger five mark but this rare type is an exception, being expensive in all grades, tho less so than the 1888 2 mark. This grand duchy was previously called Hesse-Darmstadt to distinguish it from Hesse-Cassel but upon the latter's annexation by Prussia in 1866, the "-Darmstadt" was dropped.
Recorded mintage: 62,650 plus proofs.
Specification: 11.11 g, .900 fine silver, 28 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 363.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.