Mecklenburg-Strelitz 1905-A 10 mark
This specimen was lot 30047 in Heritage sale 3041 (Chicago, August 2015), where it sold for $15,275. The catalog description noted, "An Exquisite Low-Mintage Proof Issue. Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Adolf Friedrich gold Proof 10 Mark 1905-A PR64 Cameo NGC, Berlin mint, Mintage: 150. One-year type. A premium-quality example of this very rare issue (1,150 total mintage for proof and business strikes), bright and tone-free over both sides, with a light cameo effect and surfaces that hold a trace of handling, but fewer marks than the near-Gem grade allows. As one might expect given its scant mintage, only two examples have been certified by NGC and PCGS combined, with the present example boasting finest-certified status. A great opportunity thus, and a wonderful chance to own one of the key treasures of the German Empire. From The Kaiser Collection of German Gold Coins." Several German states issued gold five mark in 1877 but the denomination was abandoned in favor of a silver five mark, gold being restricted to ten and twenty mark pieces. The gold issues of this locale are scanty and rare.
Recorded mintage: 1,000 plus 150 proofs.
Specification: 3.98 g, .900 fine gold, .114 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 116. Jaeger-239.
- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World & Ancient Coins Auction 3041, featuring the Eric Beckman Collection of Canadian Coins, the Kaiser Collection of German Gold Coins and the Rudman Collection of Mexican Coins, Part I, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.