Germany 1917-A 10 pfennig

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Goldberg sale 100, lot 2527
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This specimen was lot 2527 in Goldberg sale 100 (Los Angeles, September 2017), where it sold for $399.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Germany. 10 Pfennig, 1917-A. Iron. NGC graded Proof 65 Cameo." This coin is an iron ten pfennig from a type issued 1915-22 from six mints, including the Berlin (mintmark "A") mint. 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 ten pfennig was originally copper-nickel but was switched to iron in 1915 to save materials for the war effort. In 1917, zinc ten pfennig were introduced, struck without mintmark, but the iron type continued in production until 1922, when the reichsmark collapsed. This type is expensive in high grade.

Recorded mintage: 53,198,000.

Specification: 3.6 g, iron, 21 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-20.


  • 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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