Coins of the German Empire (1871-1918). Price List of Imperial German Coins – Raw, non-certified coins of the German Empire. Order by Mail Instructions
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On January 18, 1871, rulers of the individual German states agreed to unify and create a new German Empire with Wilhelm I as Emperor. Following unification, the coinage of the Empire became standardized as to denominations and types, though the individual states retained their identities on the denominations 2 Marks and above)
Minor coins (1 Pfennig to 1 Mark) circulated throughout the new Empire and replaced local currencies such as Hellers, Kreuzers, Groschen, and others. Each coin bore a generic design that reinforced the concept of a German Empire in the minds of the general public. Denominations of 2 Marks and above were state-specific, but shared a common reverse design.
The Imperial period covers the years from 1871 to 1918.
Some of the more popular German Imperial coins are the Half Mark and the 1 Mark. Both were lenghty series issued over almost the entirety of the German Empire’s existence. Both are silver. The Half Mark is roughly the size of a U.S. Dime and the 1 Mark is the size of a U.S. Quarter Dollar. Among the Half Marks, there is one coin (1908-F) that is a rarity — the rest are all very affordable, even in Mint State (Uncirculated) condition. The key date in the 1 Mark series is the 1905-F, an extreme rarity in any condition. For collectors looking for a real challenge, the 1 Mark series has it all.
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