The Value of Antique German Coins

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The Value of Antique German Coins
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Most antique German coins come from three eras of pre-World War II German history; the era of independent German states, the Second-Reich era of unified Germany and the post-World War I, reconstructive Weimar Republic.

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German States Coins (1600-1870)

Coins from this era can vary greatly in price depending on state of origin, condition and rarity. For example, the Bavarian 1825 one Thaler coin, in good condition, with a depiction of the coronation of King Ludwig I was valued at approximately £211 as of 2010. In contrast, the Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel 1/12 Thaler coin 1771 was valued at only £6 as of 2010.

Imperial German Coins (1871-1918)

Coins from the Imperial era generally fetch considerably less than the earlier States era coins. The 1887 G-series 20 Pfennig coin was valued at approximately £113 as of 2010, but this is close to the upper limit. Many coins from Imperial Germany are valued at under £3--including the 1908F-series one Pfennig coin at £1.90 as of 2010.

Coins from the Weimar Republic (1919-1938)

The range in value of Weimar era coins is even greater than States or Imperial coins. For example, the 1927 A-series five Reichsmark coin with a depiction of Brumerhaven on the reverse, and the F-series five Reichsmark piece from the same year, depicting the University of Tubingen have been valued at approximately £520 and £487 respectively, as of 2010. These figures are somewhat misleading, as values for Weimar coins rarely exceed £130, with many being valued far lower. The 1923 A-series 200 Mark coin is worth only £3.0 as of 2010.

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