Bavaria 1911-D 5 mark

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 22164
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 22164 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $317. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. Bavaria. 5 Mark, 1911-D. PCGS AU-55 Secure Holder. Regent Luitpold's 90th birthday commemorative." This type was struck 1911 only but enough were saved that today it is only moderately scarce. It is accompanied by two and three mark pieces. King 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 Prince Luitpold's regency which lasted until his death in 1913.

Recorded mintage: 160,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 27.77 g, .900 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 999 (formerly KM 518), Dav-619.


  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.

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