Hesse 1911-A 20 mark
This specimen was lot 20603 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Chicago, August 2019), where it sold for $5,760. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Hesse-Darmstadt. 20 Mark, 1911-A. Berlin Mint. PCGS PROOF-67 Deep Cameo Gold Shield. Single finest certified at either PCGS or NGC. A totally amazing pristine example with blinding brilliance. Virtually perfect with hard mirror fields and deep cameo frosted devices. For the perfectionist who wants only the finest." This type was struck 1905-11 at the Berlin mint and is rather scarce in circulated condition. Ernest Louis was the last grand duke of Hesse, abdicating upon the collapse of the German Empire in 1918.
Recorded mintage: 150,000.
Specification: 7.96 g, .900 fine gold, .230 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-3795; KM-374.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The August 2019 Chicago ANA Auction: World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.