1909G 1/2 Mark Grade Input

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Mark Metzger, Feb 23, 2020.

  1. Mark Metzger

    Mark Metzger Well-Known Member

    Hey folks. Looking for some input on the grade of these two better date/mm 1/2 marks. Mintage of just over 600,000. Only a few graded examples on the pop report at PCGS so finding comps is tough. I know the high point is the center shield which looks pretty good on both pieces.
    Thanks!
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  3. Chris B

    Chris B Supporter! Supporter

    I don't see any obvious wear. Is there some green on the feathers of the top piece? If so it could get a details grade. If not I would put both in the 63 range.

    That said, I would be hesitant to assign a value based on current Krause pricing. I have not researched these but I would use actual sale information to determine the value. I'm only mentioning this because I have found large discrepancies in German pricing.
     
  4. Mark Metzger

    Mark Metzger Well-Known Member

    So I decided to list one of the 1/2 marks to eBay and see what it brought. I listed the top one in a no reserve auction and, needless to say, I think someone got a deal. I fully understand that a coin is worth what someone is willing to pay for it, but given the low mintage and catalog value of $500+ in MS63 the hammer price of $6.50 was certainly a steal. Here’s another photo of the one which remains. It is my favorite of the two because of the toning. I would send it off to be graded if it was possible to land at 65 or above but there is just no telling on these small German coins.
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  5. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    Check pricing on MA-Shops. Lots of German coins for sale. Granted, it’s asking price, but there may be multiple examples from different sellers and that can average out prices. It should give you a general idea of the prices European dealers are asking.
     
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