Germany 1914-A mark
This coin is a silver one mark from a type issued 1890-1916 from the Berlin (mintmark "A"), Munich (mintmark "D"), Muldenhutten (mintmark "E"), Stuttgart (mintmark "F"), Karlsruhe (mintmark "G") and Hamburg (mintmark "J") mints. Under the German Empire of 1871-1918, the denominations of two mark and up were permitted for the formerly independent principalities while the lower denominations (one pfennig thru one mark) were minted to a unified design. The pre-war silver marks are not rare but the 1914-19 issues were almost completely hoarded, making them common today in all grades. The second specimen was lot 2520 in Goldberg sale 100 (Los Angeles, September 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Germany. 1 Mark, 1914-A. Pop 8, none finer. PCGS graded MS-68."
Recorded mintage: 11,304,000 (the most common date).
Specification: 5.55 g, .900 fine silver, .160 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 14.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 100: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2017