Germany 1898-A 50 pfennig
This specimen was lot 2586 in Sincona sale 20 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 200 (about US$251 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted, "50 Pfennig 1898. Berlin. Vorzüglich. (extremely fine.)" This coin is a silver fifty pfennig from a type issued 1896-1903 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: 387,000 plus proofs.
Specification: 2.77 g, .900 fine silver, .080 troy oz ASW, this specimen 2.78 g.
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.
- Richter, Jürg, Numismatic Coins & Medals: Auction 20, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2014.