Reuss-Obergreiz 1899-A 2 mark

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Sincona sale 57, lot 2824
This specimen was lot 2824 in Sincona sale 57 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 200 CHF (about US$238 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND | Empire | Reuss, Ältere Linie (-Greiz), Fürstentum, Heinrich XXII. 1859-1902. 2 Mark 1899 A, Berlin. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. Hübsche Patina. Leicht berieben. (Germany, principality of Reuss-Greiz, Henry XXII, 1859-1902, two mark of 1899, Berlin mint. Very fine-extremely fine, Attractive patina, Slightly polished.)"
This one year type is quite expensive. The previous two mark is dated 1892. No three, five or ten mark were struck for this state. Reuss was one of the splinter states of Saxon Thuringia and itself underwent several divisions. Many rulers were named Heinrich and several lines consolidated their numbering, resulting in this prince becoming Heinrich the twenty-second. Reuss-Obergreiz issued a few coins on the unified empire standard before falling extinct in 1902.

Recorded mintage: 10,000 + 120 proofs.

Specification: 11.11 g, .900 fine silver; this specimen 11.10 g.

Catalog reference: J. 118, KM 128.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 57: World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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