Germany 1909-F 1/2 mark
This specimen was lot 32964 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $144. The catalog description noted, "Wilhelm II 1/2 Mark 1909-F MS68 NGC, Stuttgart mint. A pristine gem with impeccable characteristics. Couldn't be any nicer." 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: 999,000, a better date but not rare.
Specification: 2.77 g, .900 fine silver, .080 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM-17.
- 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.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.