Germany 1915-J 5 pfennig

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Goldberg sale 100, lot 2525
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This specimen was lot 2525 in Goldberg sale 100 (Los Angeles, September 2017), where it sold for $82.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Germany. 5 Pfennig, 1915-J. Iron. NGC graded Proof 64." This coin is an iron five pfennig from a type issued 1915-20 from the Berlin (mintmark "A"), Munich (mintmark "D"), Muldenhutten (mintmark "E"), Stuttgart (mintmark "F"), Karlsruhe (mintmark "G") and Hamburg (mintmark "J", shown here) mints. Under the German Empire of 1871-1918, the denominations of two mark and up were permitted to the formerly independent principalities while the lower denominations (one pfennig thru one mark) were minted to a unified design. Wartime shortages forced the regime to convert the coin from copper-nickel to iron in 1915-22.

Recorded mintage: 2,100,000, a better date, plus 1,669,000 of the copper-nickel type (KM 11).

Specification: 2.51 g, iron, 17.8 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-19.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 100: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2017.

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