Germany 1892-J mark
This specimen was lot 70604 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, February 2020), where it sold for $192. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Mark, 1892-J. Hamburg Mint. Wilhelm II. PCGS MS-62 Gold Shield. We have here a rare date/mintmark combination from the Hamburg mint. Offered in mint state and most elusive thus." This coin is a silver one mark from a type issued 1890-1916 from the Berlin (mintmark "A"), Munich (mintmark "D"), Muldenhutten (mintmark "E"), Stuttgart (mintmark "F"), Karlsruhe (mintmark "G") and Hamburg (mintmark "J", shown here) 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. The pre-war silver marks are not rare but the 1914-16 issues were almost completely hoarded, making them common today in all grades. This one is priced twelve times the 1896-A from Berlin.
Recorded mintage: 237,000.
Specification: 5.55 g, .900 fine silver, 24 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-14.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The February 2020 Collector's Choice sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2020.