Poland 1917-FF 10 fenigow
This specimen was lot 25488 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $998.75. The catalog description noted, "German Occupation Proof 10 Fenigow 1917-F, Proof 65 CAM PCGS, a Gem example with deeply mirrored surfaces and just a hint of surface patination. Very rare in Proof and especially so with virtually pristine surfaces." As a result of the Vienna Conference of 1815, Poland was returned to the partition by Prussia, Austria and Russia. After the Germans defeated the Russians in 1916-17, they occupied the rest of Poland and issued occupation coinage in iron for the territory in 1917-18. When the Germans were in turn defeated in November 1918, the Poles rose up and reclaimed their independence, defeating a Russian invasion in 1920-22.
Recorded mintage: 33,000,000 plus proofs.
Specification: 3.56 g, iron, 21 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-Y6, Fischer-ON-006.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.