Hesse 1891-A 5 mark

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Sincona sale 9, lot 3943
The first specimen was lot 3943 in Sincona sale 9 (Zurich, October 2012), where it sold for 600 CHF (about US$759 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND Hessen, Grossherzogtum Münzstätte Berlin Ludwig IV. 1877-1892. 5 Mark 1891. Sehr schön. (Grand duchy of Hesse, Louis IV, 1877-92, five mark of 1891, Berlin mint, very fine.)"
This five mark piece was issued from the Berlin mint for the grand duke in 1891 only. Another five mark, with a modified reverse, was issued in 1888 (Dav-709). This type is rare.

Recorded mintage: 25,000 plus a few proofs.

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

Catalog reference: J. 71. KM 364, Dav-710.


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  • 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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