Bavaria 1875-D 5 mark

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This type was struck in Bavaria 1874-76. The victory of the Germans in the Franco-Prussian war resulted in the foundation of the German Empire. One of the results of unification was the termination of separate coinages for each of the independent states, including Bavaria. No more thalers were struck after 1871. Bavaria continued to issue coins using the united empire standard in the denominations of two, five, ten and twenty mark until 1918 when the empire collapsed at the end of World War One. The old thalers continued to circulate as three mark pieces. King Ludwig II ruled until 1886, when he was deposed in favor of his brother, Otto. Disliked for his extravagance and his homosexuality, he died soon after under very mysterious circumstances. This type is readily available in worn condition but expensive in high grade.

Recorded mintage: 657,000.

Specification: 27.77 g, .900 fine silver, .803 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 896 (formerly KM 502), Dav-616.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.

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