Germany 1875-H 50 pfennig

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3985
This specimen was lot 3985 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €3,200 (about US$4,134 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"50 Pfennig 1875, H. Äußerst selten in dieser Erhaltung. Kabinettstück. Herrliche Patina, Stempelglanz. (empire of Germany, fifty pfennig of 1875. Rare in this grade, handsome toning, uncirculated.)"
This coin is a silver fifty pfennig from a type issued 1875-77 from the Darmstadt (mintmark "H") mint. 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. This is a slightly better type but this is the key date.

Recorded mintage: 175,000.

Specification: 2.77 g, .900 fine silver.

Catalog reference: J. 7. KM 6.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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