Saxe-Meiningen 1872-D 20 mark

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Sincona sale 18, lot 1941
This specimen was lot 1941 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 26,000 (about US$34,259 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"20 Mark 1872. München. Äusserst selten. Vorzüglich-gutes vorzüglich. (Germany, duchy of Saxe-Meiningen, twenty mark of 1872, extremely rare, extremely fine or better.)"
Several German states issued gold five mark in 1877 but the denomination was abandoned in favor of a silver five mark, gold being restricted to ten and twenty mark pieces. The gold issues of this locale are scanty and rare.

Recorded mintage: 3,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 7.96 g, .900 fine gold, .230 troy oz AGW, this specimen 7.94 g.

Catalog reference: J. 275. KM 180. Fr-3856.


  • 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, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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