Prussia 1873-B 20 mark

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Sincona sale 51, lot 2357
This type was struck 1871-73 in substantial numbers from the Berlin (mintmark "A"), Breslau (mintmark "B") and Cleve (mintmark "C") mints during the reign of William I, emperor of Germany 1871-88. It was superseded in 1874 by a revised reverse. Tho this later type was struck 1874-88, it is not as common as the type shown here. There is a concurrent ten mark gold piece (Fr-3819) with a similar design. After the unification of Germany in 1871, the previously independent states were permitted to mint coins of a face value of two mark and up while the smaller coinage was struck to a uniform design. This specimen was lot 2357 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 300 CHF (about US$362 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Wilhelm I. 1861-1888. 20 Mark 1873 B, Hannover. Vorzüglich-FDC. (Germany, kingdom of Prussia, William I, 1861-88, twenty mark of 1873, Hannover mint. Extremely fine-uncirculated.)"

Recorded mintage: 3,441,178.

Specification: 7.96 g, .900 fine gold, .230 troy oz AGW, this specimen 7.94 g.

Catalog reference: KM-501, J. 243B, Fr-3813.


  • 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]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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