Bavaria 1883-D 2 mark

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from Sincona sale 39, lot 3388
This specimen was lot 3388 in Sincona sale 39 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 1,050 CHF (about US$1,259 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Bayern, Königreich, Ludwig II. 1864-1886 2 Mark 1883 D. München. FDC. NGC MS 64. (kingdom of Bavaria, Louis II, 1864-86, two mark of 1883, Munich mint. Uncirculated.)"
This type was struck in Bavaria 1876-77, 1880, 1883. 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: 104,217 (lowest mintage date).

Specification: 11.11 g, .900 fine silver, .321 troy oz AGW, this specimen 11.11 g.

Catalog reference: J. 41, KM 903.


  • 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.
  • Jürg Richter, Auction 39, World coins and medals, coins and medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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