Germany 1877-F 50 pfennig

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 22412
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This specimen was lot 22412 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $432. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. 50 Pfennig, 1877-F. NGC MS-65. Exhibiting a razor sharp strike with mottled charcoal and lovely subtle iridescent toning on both sides. The single finest graded 1877 F-mint (Stuttgart) example at NGC." This coin is a silver fifty pfennig from a type issued 1877-78 from the Stuttgart (mintmark "F") 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. No fifty pfennig were minted between 1878 and 1895.

Recorded mintage: 2,145,000 (wreath reverse) plus 1,311,000 (plain reverse).

Specification: 2.77 g, .900 fine silver.

Catalog reference: J. 8, KM 8 (shown here) and KM 6 (plain reverse).


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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