Saxe-Meiningen 1901-D 5 mark

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Sincona sale 9, lot 4074
This specimen was lot 4074 in Sincona sale 9 (Zurich, October 2012), where it sold for 300 CHF (about US$379 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND Sachsen-Meiningen, Herzogtum Münzstätte München Georg II. 1866-1914. 5 Mark 1901. Zum 75. Geburtstag. Sehr schön. (Duchy of Saxe-Meiningen, George II, 1866-1914, five mark of 1901, Munich mint, on his seventy-fifth birthday. Very fine.)"
Altho most commemoratives were saved in sufficient numbers to make them fairly common today, this one is rather scarce. Perhaps the local peasantry did not revere his memory as reverently as they ought. A similar two mark (KM 196) was minted for the occasion, also rare.

Recorded mintage: 20,000 plus a few proofs.

Specification: 27.77 g, .900 fine silver, 38 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: J. 150. KM 197, Dav-840.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 9, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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