Saxe-Meiningen 1914-D 20 mark
This specimen was lot 30089 in Heritage sale 3041 (Chicago, August 2015), where it sold for $29,375. The catalog description noted, "A Stunning Superb Gem Proof Georg II 20 Mark, Almost Certainly the Finest Extant. Saxe-Meiningen. Georg II gold Proof 20 Mark 1914-D PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC, Munich mint, Two-year type. An elusive and highly desired type, quite possibly the most distinctive of all German Empire issues, with the unmistakable portrait of Georg II, regaled in his long beard, sitting in full prominence in the obverse centers. What's more, on the present example, the boldness of the satin-textured surfaces, especially when compared to the mirror-like fields, given greater emphasis to the intricate design. Elsewhere, the impeccable state of this Superb Gem is further confirmed, with magnified inspection of the fields revealing its true world-class nature. In fact, if it weren't for a couple tiny as-made observances in the form of a strike-through in the field to the left of Georg's forehead and a tiny lintmark between the H and E in HERZOG (both good for pedigree identification), we could understand an even finer grade. As it is, this coin stands as finest we have seen, the highest graded example at either service, and the first proof of its type we have offered - a winning combination no doubt! 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 date of this type is 1910.
Recorded mintage: 1,000 plus proofs.
Specification: 7.96 g, .900 fine gold, .230 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 205, Jaeger-281.
- 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.