Prussia 1873-A 10 mark

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Goldberg sale 74, lot 3897
Prussia 1873A 10 mark rev Goldberg 74-3897.jpg

This specimen was lot 3897 in Goldberg sale 74 (Los Angeles, June 2013), where it sold for $310.50 including buyer's fees. The catalog description[1] noted, "German States - Prussia. 10 Marks, 1873-A. Wilhe[l]m I. Another choice example. NGC graded MS-66." This type was struck 1872-73 in substantial numbers from the Berlin (mintmark "A"), Breslau (mintmark "B") and Cleve (mintmark "C") mints during the reign of William I, emperor of Germany 1871-88. It was superseded in 1874 by a type (KM 506) with a revised reverse. Tho this later type was struck 1874-88, it is not as common as the type shown here. There is a concurrent twenty mark gold piece with a similar design. After the unification of Germany in 1871, the previously independent states were permitted to mint coins of a face value of two mark and up while the smaller coinage was struck to a uniform design.

Recorded mintage: 3,016,467.

Specification: 3.98 g, .900 fine gold, .115 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-3819; KM-502, J-242A.

Sources:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg and Steven Harvey, Goldberg Sale 74: the pre-Long Beach Sale, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.

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