Germany 1911-E 25 pfennig

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 Collector's Choice sale, lot 70528
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This specimen was lot 70528 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, May 2018), where it sold for $40. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. 25 Pfennig, 1911-E. NGC MS-65. Lustrous and attractive specimen. From the Trebuchet Collection." This coin is a nickel twenty-five pfennig from a type issued 1909-12 from the Berlin (mintmark "A"), Munich (mintmark "D"), Muldenhutten (mintmark "E", shown here), 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 The denomination superseded a copper-nickel twenty pfennig issued 1887-92 and, like the earlier coin, does not seem to have been a success. It is seldom seen compared to the other denominations of the time.

Recorded mintage: 747,000, a better date.

Specification: 4.10 g, nickel, 23 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-18.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The May 2018 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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