Germany 1905-D 1/2 mark

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Stack's Bowers 2019 Collector's Choice sale, lot 71461
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This specimen was lot 71461, in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, October 2019), where it sold for $180. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. Empire. 1/2 Mark, 1905-D. Munich Mint. PCGS PROOF-64 Cameo Gold Shield. An intense Near Gem, this alluring proof issues presents lightly frosted devices and mirrored surfaces, combining to form a pleasing cameo appeal. Further accentuating this piece is its captivating russet tone, offering dazzling eye appeal. Tied with only one other example as the finest seen by PCGS." This coin is from a type issued 1905-19 from the Berlin (mintmark "A"), Munich (mintmark "D", shown here), Muldenhutten (mintmark "E"), Stuttgart (mintmark "F"), Karlsruhe (mintmark "G") 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 date is scarce compared to the issues of 1914-19 which were hoarded.

Recorded mintage: 7,636,000.

Specification: 2.77 g, .900 fine silver, .080 troy oz AGW, 20 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-17; J-16.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • [1]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The October 2019 Collector's Choice Sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.

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