Hesse 1905-A 20 mark

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 23640
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This specimen was lot 23640 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $5,875. The catalog description[1] noted, "Hesse-Darmstadt. Ernst Ludwig gold Proof 20 Mark 1905-A, Proof 65 Ultra Cameo NGC. A rare Proof in stunning condition with seemingly endless reflectivity in the fields and starkly contrasted devices. Very choice for the grade with a small fleck of foreign matter worth noting just to the left of Ernst Ludwig's forehead." This type was struck 1905-11 at the Berlin mint and is rather scarce in circulated condition. Ernest Louis was the last grand duke of Hesse, abdicating upon the collapse of the German Empire in 1918.

Recorded mintage: 45,000 plus 200 proofs.

Specification: 7.96 g, .900 fine gold, .230 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: J. 226. Fr-3795, KM 374.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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