Schaumburg-Lippe 1874-B 20 mark
This specimen was lot 30092 in Heritage sale 3041 (Chicago, August 2015), where it sold for $15,275. The catalog description noted, "A Phenomenal Superb Gem of this Classic Low-Mintage Issue. Schaumburg-Lippe. Adolf Georg gold 20 Mark 1874-B MS67+ PCGS, Hannover mint, Mintage: 3,000. A marvelous survivor of this highly coveted low-mintage issue that was only minted during 1874. Expertly engraved throughout, the design was translated from die to flan with outstanding care, and the central motifs are fully crisp with even satiny texture that runs from the highpoints down into the fields. While other Superb-Gem examples of the type have survived, subtle orange-gold tone that meanders about the present piece really sets it apart, giving it an often-craved distinctive appearance. Quite likely the finest example to ever appear in an American auction, and as a result, an absolute certainty to garner droves of attention from the domestic collector of German rarities as well as those abroad. From The Kaiser Collection of German Gold Coins." This and a twenty mark of 1898 are the only gold issues of this tiny state during the Wilhelmine empire.
Recorded mintage: 3,000 plus a few proofs.
Specification: 7.96 g, .900 fine gold, .230 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 48, Jaeger-284.
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- Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
- 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.