Germany 1906-A 5 pfennig

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Stack's Bowers 2019 Collector's Choice sale, lot 71463
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This specimen was lot 71463, in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, October 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. Empire. 5 Pfennig, 1906-A. Berlin Mint. PCGS PROOF-65 Gold Shield. An intense proof issue, this Gem piece offers tremendous radiance and brilliance, with a hint of cobalt speckled throughout. Just two specimens graded finer by PCGS." This coin is a copper-nickel five pfennig from a type issued 1890-1915 from the Berlin (mintmark "A", shown here), Munich (mintmark "D"), 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 to the formerly independent principalities while the lower denominations (one pfennig thru one mark) were minted to a unified design. Wartime shortages forced the regime to convert the coin to iron in 1915-22.

Recorded mintage: 18,970,000.

Specification: 2.5 g, copper-nickel, 18 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-11; J-12.


  • 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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