Prussia 1876-B 5 mark Dav-786
The first specimen was lot 23903 in Heritage sale 3020, where it sold for $3,995. The catalog description noted, "Prussia. Wilhelm I Proof 5 Mark 1875-B, Proof 64 NGC Brand Collection, a choice example with aged blue-green and silvery-gray patina. Very rare as a Proof, and this coin has exceptional eye appeal along with an impressive pedigree." This type was issued 1874-76 from Berlin, Breslau (shown here) and Cleve but is scarce. The next silver five mark was issued in 1888 (see Dav-787).
Recorded mintage: 919,000 plus a few proofs. The proofs are not mentioned in the SCWC.
Specification: 27.77 g, .900 fine silver, 38 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 503, Dav-786.
- 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.