Germany 1873-G 20 pfennig

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 32962
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This specimen was lot 32962 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $180. The catalog description[1] noted, "Wilhelm I 20 Pfennig 1873-G MS67 PCGS, Berlin mint. A splendid and lustrous exemplar with multi-colored autumnal toning." This coin is a silver twenty pfennig from a type issued 1873-77 from the Berlin (mintmark "A"), Hannover (mintmark "B"), Frankfurt (mintmark "C"), Munich (mintmark "D"), Dresden (mintmark "E"), Stuttgart (mintmark "F"), Karlsruhe (mintmark "G", shown here) and Hamburg (mintmark "J") mints. Under the German Empire of 1871-1918, the denominations of two mark and up were permitted for the formerly independent principalities while the lower denominations (one pfennig thru one mark) were minted to a unified design. The denomination was not struck again until 1887, when it was converted to copper-nickel.

Recorded mintage: 763,000, a better date.

Specification: 1.11 g, .900 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 5.


  • 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.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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