Bavaria 1877-D 5 mark

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 12101
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 12101 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $394. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. Bavaria. 5 Mark, 1877. NGC AU-50." This type was struck 1877-78 only and is rather scarce. Several German states issued gold five mark in 1877-78 but the denomination was abandoned in favor of a silver five mark, gold being restricted to ten and twenty mark pieces.

Recorded mintage: 635,000.

Specification: 1.99 g, .900 fine gold, .067 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-3767; KM-904.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.

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