1894 G German 5 Pfennig

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  1. Beardigger

    Beardigger Well-Known Member

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    Went wandering through my LCS foreigns box and picked this up (among other things). Looked it up and only 280,000 minted. Need to give it a soak in distilled water to see if the grime comes off. But I think it’s pretty cool for 15 cents. Anybody know anything about these? Thanks!
     
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  3. TheGame

    TheGame Well-Known Member

    I don't have much more info than you've already found. It's a nice example if you can get the gunk off of it. Not particularly valuable despite the low mintage, but a cool find from a bulk bin.
     
  4. Terrence Thompson

    Terrence Thompson New Member

    Its cousin
     

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  5. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    Dealers on MA shops have circulated examples listed for $10-15. IMO, yours would probably be less due to the residue.

    Years ago, I went through the foreign stuff that I accumulated as a kid and found I had a bunch german empire1-10 pfennigs. So I made a list of what I had and would search junk boxes at shows and at the LCS for new ones. Currently have about 90% of the 5 pfennigs from 1873-1945 and about half were junk box finds, while most of the rest cost only a few bucks. There doesn't appear to be a huge demand for circulated german minors in the US and I've been able to find low mintages cheap. However, that same low demand means it will be difficult to flip them for much of a profit, even if they have a decent price guide value
     
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  6. Hermann Watzlawik

    Hermann Watzlawik Active Member

    the coin was minted in Karlsruhe (Staatliche Münzen Baden-Württemberg)
     
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  7. FredJB

    FredJB Active Member

    That black is probably a combo of grease and dirt. I would soak it in dish soap for about a week and then work it over with an old tooth brush. You may have to do this several times. After that if it is still black try finger nail polish remover.
     
  8. Beardigger

    Beardigger Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the input guys (and gals).
    @FredJB I'll try that.Right now have it soaking in distilled water.
     
  9. Heavymetal

    Heavymetal Supporter! Supporter

    You may want to stick to medals. Cleaning collectible coins that way is not advisable
     
  10. FredJB

    FredJB Active Member

    Heavy, I would agree with you if the coin was high grade and had a finish worth protecting. The greatest risk to the coin in question here is that there may be pitting below the black crud. The same holds true for medals by the way.
     
  11. Beardigger

    Beardigger Well-Known Member

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  13. FredJB

    FredJB Active Member

    Nice job, with just the distilled water? In time it will tone down and not look so cleaned.
     
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