Reuss-Schleiz 1881-A 20 mark

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Sincona sale 4, lot 4578
This specimen was lot 4578 in Sincona sale 4 (Zurich, October 2011), where it sold for 6,500 CHF (about US$8,647 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND Kaiserreich Reuss, Jüngere Linie (-Schleiz), Fürstentum Heinrich XIV. 1867-1913. 20 Mark 1881, Berlin. Sehr schön-gutes sehr schön (Principality of Reuss, Henry XIV, 1867-1913, twenty mark of 1881, Berlin mint. Very fine to good very fine.)"
The Principality of Reuss survived the grand merger of German states in 1871 but was dissolved on the founding of the Weimar Republic in 1918. Its issues were few and expensive today. Reuss was subdivided several times but only Reuss-Greiz survived into the empire. This type is very rare.

Recorded mintage: 12,000 plus 500 proofs.

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

Catalog reference: J. 256. KM 80. Fr. 3737.


  • 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]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes: Auction 4, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2011.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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