Germany 1888-G 20 pfennig

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Stephen Album sale 14, lot 1577
Germany 1888G 20 pfennig rev SAlbum 14-1577.jpg

This specimen was lot 1577 in Stephen Album sale 14 (Santa Rosa, CA, September 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY: 20 pfennig, 1888-G, a superb specimen! NGC graded MS-66." This coin is an copper-nickel twenty pfennig from a type issued 1887-88 from the Berlin (mintmark "A"), 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. This is a slightly better date.

Recorded mintage: 611,000.

Specification: copper-nickel.

Catalog reference: KM-9.1.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Album, Stephen. Stephen Album Auction 14, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, 2012.

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