Hesse 1873-H 10 mark

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3869
This specimen was lot 3869 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €2,400 (about US$3,100 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"HESSEN Ludwig III. 1848-1877. 10 Mark 1873. Sehr selten in dieser Erhaltung. Prachtexemplar. Fast Stempelglanz. (grand duchy of Hesse, Louis III, 1848-77, ten mark of 1873, very rare in this quality, proof example, choice uncirculated.)"
Of the two major divisions of Hesse, Hesse-Cassel chose the wrong side in the Austro-Prussian war and found herself annexed. Hesse-Darmstadt survived to become the Grand Duchy of plain Hesse. This ten mark was issued 1872-73 and is scarce despite the substantial mintage.

Recorded mintage: 432,000 plus 450 proofs.

Specification: 3.98 g, .900 fine gold.

Catalog reference: J. 213. KM 350, Fr-3785.


  • 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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