Germany 1909-A mark

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from Stack's Bowers 2016 ANA sale, part of lot 23137
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This specimen was part of lot 23137 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), which sold for $152.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "MIXED LOTS. Lot of (4) Mixed Certified World Coins, 1882-1930. NGC/PCGS AU-55 to MS-62 BN. Begins with an 1882-A Greece 5 Lepta in NGC MS-62 BN (easily the best coin in the lot), followed by a 1906-A [sic] German Empire Mark in NGC AU-55, then a 1911 Australia 6 Pence in NGC AU-58, and finally a 1930 Portugal 50 centavos in PCGS AU-58. Straight graded problem free coins with even color, that are nice representative examples of these highly collectible issues. Approximate retail value of about $400." This coin is a silver one mark from a type issued 1890-1916 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. The pre-war silver marks are not rare tho the 1909-A is a better date.

Recorded mintage: 4,151,000.

Specification: 5.55 g, .900 fine silver, .160 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 14.


  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.

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