Germany 1875-B mark

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from the Stack's Bowers 2019 ANA sale, part of lot 22648
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This specimen was part of lot 22648 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Chicago, August 2019), which sold for $80. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. Pair of Empire Marks (2 Pieces), 1875. Wilhelm I. Both NGC or PCGS Certified. 1) 1875-B. PCGS MS-62 Gold Shield. Hannover Mint. 2) 1875-C. NGC MS-63. Frankfurt Mint. The 1875-B Mark has a value of $275 in MS-60 condition in the Standard Catalog of World Coins." 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 pre-war silver marks are not rare but the 1914-16 issues were almost completely hoarded, making them common today in all grades.

Recorded mintage: 7,689,465, a better date.

Specification: 5.55 g, .900 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM-7.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The August 2019 Chicago ANA Auction: World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.

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