Germany 1908-D 1/2 mark

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Stack's Bowers 2015 NYINC sale, lot 3788
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This specimen was lot 3788 in Stack's-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $75. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. 1/2 Mark, 1908-D. NGC MS-66. Beautifully toned." This coin is from a type issued 1905-19 from the Berlin (mintmark "A"), 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 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: 400,000.

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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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