Germany 1875-A 10 pfennig

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 32961
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This specimen was lot 32961 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $360. The catalog description[1] noted, "Wilhelm I Proof 10 Pfennig 1875-A PR64 PCGS, Berlin mint. Glossy, semi-cameo fields project the devices towards the curious onlooker while lightly champagne-tinged light entices. Virtually unheard-of in proof, this "small eagle" type is certain to arouse the interests of the German-minded collector." This coin is an copper-nickel ten pfennig from a type issued 1873-89 from the Berlin (mintmark "A", shown here), Hannover (mintmark "B"), Frankfurt (mintmark "C"), Munich (mintmark "D"), Dresden (mintmark "E"), Stuttgart (mintmark "F"), Karlsruhe (mintmark "G") 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.

Recorded mintage: 15,522,645, common date.

Specification: 4 g, copper-nickel, 21 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 4, Jaeger-4.


  • 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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