Wurttemberg 1916-F 3 mark
This three mark piece was struck at the Freudenstadt mint (mintmark "F") for the kingdom of Wurttemberg, a member of the German Empire. This type was struck in 1916 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the king's reign. Most of the mintage was melted, rendering this type very rare. This specimen was lot 751 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $6,462.50. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Wurttemberg. 3 Mark, 1916-F. NGC PROOF-63. VERY RARE 1916 3 Mark Commemorating the reign of Wilhelm II. VERY RARE one year type struck to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the reign of Wilhelm II. A proof only issue with a mintage of only 1,000 pieces (it is estimated that about 650 pieces of this issue were melted according to Jaeger). Deep old envelope toning with cobalt, plum and orange peel highlights, particularly on obverse. A handsome example of one of the rarest silver minor coins from this period of German history. Matte finish on obverse. From the Rockaway Collection." Coin issues ceased at the start of World War One and the kingdom was abolished with the collapse of the Empire in 1918.
Recorded mintage: 1,000.
Specification: 16.66 g, .900 fine silver, .482 troy oz ASW, 33 mm diameter, lettered edge.
Catalog reference: KM 638.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.