Germany 1894-G mark
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", 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. 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 specimen was lot 20386 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $720. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Empire. Mark, 1894-G. Karlsruhe Mint. NGC MS-63. Sharply struck with soft satin luster just the faintest sprinkling of tone in the fields. A VERY RARE date in Mint State with a suggested value of $4,000 in MS-63 condition in the Standard Catalog of World Coins. From the Robert Van Bebber Collection."
Recorded mintage: 184,000, a semi-key.
Specification: 5.55 g, .900 fine silver, .160 troy oz ASW.
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 January 2020 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.