Prussia 1877-C 5 mark

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UBS sale 85, lot 519
This specimen was lot 519 in UBS sale 85 (Zurich, September 2010), where it sold for 280 CHF (about US$319 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Kaiserreich Preussen, Königreich, Wilhelm I. 1861-1888. 5 Mark 1877 C. Sehr schön-vorzüglich." (Kingdom of Prussia, William I, 1861-88, five mark of 1877-C, very fine to extremely fine.)
After striking silver five marks 1874-76, gold five marks were issued from the Berlin, Breslau and Cleve mints 1877-78. The type does not seem to have been a success, as the denomination was suspended and silver five mark resumed.

Recorded mintage: 688,000.

Specification: 1.99 g, .900 fine gold.

Catalog reference: J. 244C, KM 507, Fr. 3825.


  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]UBS Auction 85: Gold and Silver Coins, Zurich: UBS AG, 2010.

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