Hamburg 1908-J 10 mark

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Jean Elsen sale 138, lot 959
Hamburg, on the North Sea, was one of two imperial free cities permitted a continued existence under the Empire of 1871; Bremen was the other. The Hamburg mint is still in operation, striking coins for the Federal Republic of Germany. This type was struck 1890-1913 while Hamburg was part of the Empire, the collapse of which ended the last local coinages. This specimen was lot 959 in Jean Elsen sale 138 (Brussels, September 2018), where it sold for €330 (about US$458 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ALLEMAGNE, HAMBOURG, Ville libre, AV 10 Mark, 1908J. Rare. Très Beau à Superbe. (Germany, Free city of Hamburg, gold ten mark of 1908. Rare, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.)"

Recorded mintage: 31,585, a better date.

Specification: 3.98 g, .900 fine gold, .115 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 292, J. 211; A.K.S. 42; Fr-3781.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 138, Collection A. BLONDEL, Collection M. HENDRICKX, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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