The 20 Mark German Gold Coin is one of the most historically significant gold coins used in Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. The German Mark was used in many different forms of German currency. From 1873 to 1934, the Reichsbank issued the Mark as a paper note. Silver coin Marks were struck from 1971 to 1919 and gold coin Marks were struck from 1971 to 1915. The 20 Mark German Gold Coin was the most significant form of the mark, symbolizing the German Empire’s reign through the end of World War I.
In 1888, the German Empire went through a unique year in which they saw 3 different monarchs rule over the empire, known as the Year of Three Emperors. Wilhelm I died as King of Prussia at 90 years old and was succeeded by his only son, Frederick III. Frederick III only ruled for 99 days as he had incurable throat cancer. After Frederick III passed, Wilhelm II took power and ruled through World War I, when in 1918 he was abdicated from his throne.
Each 20 Mark German Gold Coin ships enclosed inside protective packaging. The coin contains .2304 Troy oz of .900 fine gold and will arrive in varied conditions. Wear and tear may be visible for products in this listing as some coins were used in circulation. Each coin has a face value of 20 Marks, issued by the German Empire. This listing is for a random year of issue from 1871 to 1915. Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee a specific mintage year as our warehouse staff will pick the coins during the fulfillment process.
The obverse face of the 20 Mark German Gold Coin features a portrait of one of the three emperors to rule over the German Empire during the coin’s production time. Wilhelm I, Frederick III, and Wilhelm II are all portrayed in right-profile relief during their reigns.
The reverse includes a depiction of the crowned arms of the German Empire. An eagle has its wings spread out while wearing a crown. Surrounding the eagle are inscriptions of the face value, mintage year, and country of origin.