Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach 1908-A 5 mark

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Sincona sale 9, lot 4082
This specimen was lot 4082 in Sincona sale 9 (Zurich, October 2012), where it sold for 200 CHF (about US$253 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND Sachsen-Weimar und Eisenach. Grossherzogtum Münzstätte Berlin Wilhelm Ernst, 1901-1918. 5 Mark 1908. Zur 350-Jahrfeier der Universität Jena. Vorzüglich-FDC. (Grand duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, William Ernest, 1901-18, five mark of 1904, Berlin mint, on the 350th anniversary of the founding of Jena University. Extremely fine to unicrculated.)"
This type was saved in sufficient numbers as to be scarce, not rare. A silver two mark accompanied this issue. The design, depicting the duke who founded the college, departs from the usual profile busts.

Recorded mintage: 40,000 plus a few proofs.

Specification: 27.77 g, .900 fine silver, 38 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: J. 161. KM 175, Dav-849.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 9, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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