Bavaria 1895 D 20 mark

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Goldberg sale 34, lot 2198
image courtesy Ira and Larry Goldberg

This specimen was lot 2198 in Goldberg sale 34 (Beverly Hills, February 2006), where it sold for $150. The catalog description[1] noted, "Bavaria. 20 Mark, 1895-D. Otto. PCGS graded AU-55." This type was struck in 1895, 1900, 1905 and 1913; only the 1913 is rare. It was part of the reform coinage struck after the unification of Germany in 1871. Gold coinage ceased with the outbreak of World War One.

Recorded mintage: 501,000.

Specification: 7.96 g, .900 fine gold, .230 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 920 (formerly KM 513); Fr-3768; J-200.


  • 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.
  • 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]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 34: the pre-Long Beach sale, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2006.

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