GERMANY, 20 pfennig, 1876 D


GERMANY, EMPIRE, 20 pfennig, 1876 D, Munich mint, silver, 0.0324 ozT, KM5, a tiny blob of something (rust?) in field near a feather, otherwise lovely rainbow toned XF-AU

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In the German Imperial series Berlin (mintmark A) is by far the most common mint out of the nine that struck coins. Many date-mint combinations are common in circulated condition, but high grade specimens are scarce.

The German states, excluding Austria, joined together in a federal union while they were still fighting the Franco-Prussian War. Prussia was the dominant member. It became an industrial giant, with an advanced social welfare system. It also seized colonies in Africa and the Pacific islands. Then it got itself shattered by World War I.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.