Germany 1913-E 1/2 mark
This specimen was lot 22664 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Las Vegas, August 2020), where it sold for $204. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Empire. 1/2 Mark, 1913-E. Muldenhutten Mint. PCGS PROOF-65. An attractive little gem proof, with frosty devices and deep cobalt to lilac toning in the fields." This coin is a silver half mark from a type issued 1905-19 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 pre-war silver half marks are not rare but the 1914-19 issues were almost completely hoarded, making them common today in all grades.
Recorded mintage: 745,000, a slightly better date.
Specification: 2.77 g, 0.900 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-17.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The August 2020 ANA Auction: World Coins, featuring the Duke of Lansing Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2020.