Reuss-Schleiz 1884-A 2 mark

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Künker sale 294, lot 4342
This specimen was lot 4342 in Künker sale 294 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €360 (about US$485 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"REICHSSILBERMÜNZEN, REUSS JÜNGERER LINIE, Heinrich XIV. 1867-1913. 2 Mark 1884. Hübsche Patina, sehr schön. (unified silver coinage, principality of Reuss, younger line, Henry XIV, 1867-1913, two mark of 1884. Handsome patina, 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-Obergreiz and Reuss-Schleiz survived into the empire. This type is rare despite the large reported mintage.

Recorded mintage: 100,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 11.11 g, .900 fine silver.

Catalog reference: J. 120, KM 82.


  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 294: Goldprägungen | Deutsche Münzen ab 1871 | Russische Münzen und Medaillen, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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