Saxe-Meiningen 1914-D 10 mark
This specimen was lot 30088 in Heritage sale 3041 (Chicago, August 2015), where it sold for $11,162.50. The catalog description noted, "An Astounding Low-Mintage Rarity. Saxe-Meiningen. Georg II gold 10 Mark 1914-D MS64 NGC, Munich mint, Mintage: 1,002. A coveted type, produced in tiny mintages, with 1914 being the lowest mintage date of the three-year issue. The present coin, remarkably preserved for the grade, showcases full prooflike glimmer in the fields, with faint pastel toning accents that add to its already lovely appearance. Amazingly, the surfaces have escaped almost all forms of contact marks, with louped inspection helping to confirm the precious few that exist. A true visual Gem, the faintest wisp of handling behind Georg's head must account for the absence of a full Gem grade. Among the rarest gold circulation-strike issues of the German Empire, and as a result, a coin that constantly attracts the highest level of demand. For the collector waiting for the chance to purchase such as coin, in the present piece exists an outstanding opportunity. From The Kaiser Collection of German Gold Coins." Several German states issued gold five mark in 1877 but the denomination was abandoned in favor of a silver five mark, gold being restricted to ten and twenty mark pieces. The gold issues of this locale are scanty and rare; the other dates of this type are 1902 and 1909.
Recorded mintage: 1,002 plus proofs.
Specification: 3.98 g, .900 fine gold, .114 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 202, Jaeger-280.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World & Ancient Coins Auction 3041, featuring the Eric Beckman Collection of Canadian Coins, the Kaiser Collection of German Gold Coins and the Rudman Collection of Mexican Coins, Part I, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.