Schwarzburg-Sondershausen 1905 2 mark
The first specimen was lot 32948 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $180. The catalog description noted, "Schwarzburg-Sondershausen. Karl Günther 2 Mark 1905 MS66 PCGS. Issued to commemorate 25 years of reign, this gem displays splendid eye appeal. Lightly patinated surfaces reveal an even ring of peach tone embracing the legends, while silver-gray patination further highlights the devices." The second specimen was lot 32949 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $210. The catalog description noted, "Schwarzburg-Sondershausen. Karl Günther Proof '25th Anniversary of Reign' 2 Mark 1905 PR64 PCGS, Berlin mint. Thick rim variety. A brilliant specimen with light blue colors and argent patina being all that prevent the fields from being truly mirror-like. From the Jamestown Collection." This 25 year commemorative was saved in sufficient numbers that it is not rare today despite the small mintage. It comes in thick and thin rim varieties which we feel are not sufficiently distinct as to merit separate pages. We show both here.
Recorded mintage: 13,000 (KM 152) + 62,000 (KM 153) plus proofs.
Specification: 11.11 g, .900 fine silver, .321 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 152 (thick rim) and KM 153 (thin rim).
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- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.