Hesse 1900-A 5 mark
This specimen was lot 23881 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $2,350. The catalog description noted, "Hesse-Darmstadt. Ernst Ludwig 5 Mark 1900A, MS63 PCGS, gray-gold and blue-green patina, very attractive. Rare type and date in mint state." This five mark piece was issued from the Berlin mint for the grand duke in 1895 and 1898-1900. This type is rather scarce.
Recorded mintage: 18,000 plus 150 proofs.
Specification: 27.77 g, .900 fine silver, 38 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: J. 73, KM 369, Dav-711.
- 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.
- Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.