Bavaria 1908-D 5 mark

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Sincona sale 9, lot 3914
This specimen was lot 3914 in Sincona sale 9 (Zurich, October 2012), where it sold for 350 CHF (about US$443 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND Bayern, Königreich Otto, 1886-1913. 5 Mark 1908. Polierte Platte. FDC. (Kingdom of Bavaria, Otto, 1886-1913, five mark of 1908, proof.)"
This type was struck intermittently 1891-1913 and most dates are common. Otto's brother, Ludwig II, was deposed in 1886 and died a week later under very suspicious circumstances. Otto was also insane and was placed under a regency which lasted until his death in 1913.

Recorded mintage: 537,000.

Specification: 27.77 g, .900 fine silver, 38 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Dav-618, J. 46. KM 512.1.


  • 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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [2]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 9, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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