Germany 1896-A 50 pfennig

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Goldberg sale 74, lot 4352
Germany 1896A 50 pfg rev Goldberg 74-4352.jpg

This specimen was lot 4352 in Goldberg sale 74 (Los Angeles, June 2013), where it sold for $483 including buyer's fees. The catalog description[1] noted, "Germany. 50 Pfennig, 1896-A. Scarce type. Attractive original toning. PCGS graded MS-64." This coin is a silver fifty pfennig from a type issued 1896-1905 from the Berlin (mintmark "A") 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 rather scarce type.

Recorded mintage: 389,000.

Specification: 2.77 g, .900 fine silver, .080 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-15; J-15.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender and Steven Harvey, Goldberg Sale 74: the pre-Long Beach Sale, featuring the Arden Collection, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.

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