Hamburg 1875-J 10 mark

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3864
This specimen was lot 3864 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €360 (about US$465 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"HAMBURG Freie und Hansestadt. 10 Mark 1875. Kl. Randfehler, fast vorzüglich. (Germany, city of Hamburg, ten mark of 1875, small rim bumps, choice extremely fine.)"
This type was struck in Hamburg 1875-80 and 1888. Hamburg, on the North Sea, was one of three imperial free cities permitted a continued existence under the Empire of 1871; Bremen and Lubeck were the others. She struck silver two, three and five mark and gold ten and twenty mark until that Empire's collapse in 1918. This type is readily available lightly circulated. The Hamburg mint is still in operation, striking coins for the Federal Republic of Germany.

Recorded mintage: 608,000 plus 450 proofs.

Specification: 3.98 g, .900 fine gold.

Catalog reference: J. 209. KM 600, Fr-3780.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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