Germany 1880-D mark
This specimen was lot 33110 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $940. The catalog description noted, "Empire Mark 1880-D MS64 NGC, Munich mint. One of the better dates/mintmarks in the series--especially at this level of Mint State--showcasing graphite tone that clings to the obverse eagle motif and a reverse that expresses an irregular pattern of argent and blue-gray color. Visually superb and with a matching technical quality to boot. From the Reverend Dr. James G.K. McClure Collection." This type was struck 1873-87 at nine mints; this specimen is a product of the Karlsruhe mint ("G"). In 1891, a modified eagle was introduced and this denomination was struck in that form until 1918 (see KM 14).
Recorded mintage: 338,000 (a better but not rare date).
Specification: 5.55 g, .900 fine silver, .160 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 7.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.