Prussian 20 Mark Coins

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by CamaroDMD, Dec 13, 2019.

  1. CamaroDMD

    CamaroDMD [Insert Clever Title]

    I have been thinking for a long time that I would like to put together a set of gold coins. As someone who loves German coins, the 20 Mark coins from 1871-1915 seem like an excellent option. It appears that the majority of these coins can be purchased in lightly circulated grade for near spot value...so it almost seems like an opportunity to invest in gold and put together a collection at the same time.

    I would be curious if anyone here has any experience collecting these coins and if they have any advice on how to approach the set. I'd like to work towards a Date/MM business strike set. I know there are a few rare ones mixed in, like the 1875-B and 1877-C but most seem to be reasonably common.

    Does anyone have any good sources for these coins as well? Thanks.
     
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  3. Chris B

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  4. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    @Rheingold @micbraun can you two assist? I'm sure you see them in bank windows from time to time.
     
  5. QuintupleSovereign

    QuintupleSovereign Active Member

    My concern from a value preservation perspective is the thinning of the collector base. For German gold, I suspect it's relatively thin to begin with simply because of the costs associated with assembling such a set. Combine that with an aging collector base and I'd hesitate before paying much over melt.
     
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  6. Rheingold

    Rheingold Well-Known Member

    There is no need to put together a set with every year and mintmark. That would be a very expensive goal.
    I would start as following.
    One example of the two types of Wilhelm I, a piece with the head of Friedrich and the three different types of Wilhelm II. Altogether 6 pieces of Prussian history. That's doable with 2.500 Bucks in good quality ( AU58 and up).
     
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  7. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    I collect ancient-present AV types. My suggestion is to get the most inexpensive date for each type/ but in MS-64+ quality. I have about 35 AV 5/10/20marks so far. Some German States like Reuss Younger/ Older Line are mucho $$$$. Others like Baden/ Bayern/ Preussen/ Sachsen/ Wurttemberg/ Hesse-Darmstadt/ Hamburg/ are easy to get most rulers in high quality.:) Here is one from Deutsches Ost Afrika AV 15 Rupien/ Tabora Mint d8e1a9f0755ee274cb8a5cd58aac5cbc.jpg
     
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  8. CamaroDMD

    CamaroDMD [Insert Clever Title]

    I completely agree that such a project would be a massive undertaking and very expensive. But, its not something that I would do quickly either.

    I figure I would start just as you describe, with a type set. Then, expand from there with the goal of adding 2-3 per year until I retire. Such a set would be approximately 60 coins.
     
  9. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    This is the best gold coin they've made. Love it.
     
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  10. CamaroDMD

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    Are the mintages found here remotely accurate? I know that Krause often isn't a great reference for some mintages of foreign coins...and this looks to basically be copied right out of there.

    I like to create a spreadsheet for coins I want to search for and I tend to include the mintage. Would this be a decent reference for that?

    http://www.coindatabase.com/coin_germany.php?pais=10065

    That one is cool!!!
     
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  11. Rheingold

    Rheingold Well-Known Member

    That would be a good start IMG_20171013_205054.jpg IMG_20171013_205031.jpg
     
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