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German Gold Coins of Bavaria

German States
For many centuries Germany was in actuality a large number of states, some large, others small, and power rested mainly with the lords of each state. The Hapsburgs attempted to unify Germany ending in the thirty years war 1618 - 1648, which devastated the German economy, and heightened the localisation of power. At this point it is estimated that there were as many as 1,800 separate states some with a population as few as 300 people. Otto von Bismarck was instrumental in unifying most of these states into a modern nation. On April 14th 1871, the king of Prussia, the largest and most powerful state become emperor William I . According to Krause, the new nation consisted of 4 kingdoms, 6 grand duchies and principalities, 3 free cities, and the province of Alsace-Lorraine.

Bavaria or Bayern is one of the largest of the German States. It is in the south-east of Germany bordering Austria and the Czech Republic. Despite its size, it never issued the quantities of coins compared with its wealthy northern rival Prussia. Its gold coins only turn up relatively infrequently.

Technical Specifications
DenominationDiameterWeightFinenessGold Content
20 Marks22.57.9650.900.2304
10 Marks19.53.9820.900.1152
5 Marks161.9910.900.0576

Description of 20 Marks of Ludwig II
Bare head of King Ludwig II facing right.

Crowned arms of Germany, a spread eagle.
20 M
The edge has incuse cinquefoils and leaves with the incuse lettering:-

Bavarian Gold Coins
Prices & Availability
Please telephone for current prices and availability.
Date   DenominationDescriptionGradeMintageAvailabilityPrice £Price $
1874 D20 MarksLudwig IIaVF615,000Yes£ask$ask
1900 D20 MarksOttogood VF501,000Yes£110$210
1905 D20 MarksOttoAsk501,000Yes£Ask$Ask

Postage & Packing
UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10 per order
USA Insured Shipping $20 per order

Quantity Rates for German Gold 20 Marks
We never have Bavarian 20 marks in quantity, only Prussia ones. Please see our Germany page.

Last Deutsche Mark - 2001
First Gold Euros of Germany 2002

Reverse of German 20 Marks of 1874

Obverse of Bavarian 20 Marks of 1874

Countries Index Reverse of German 20 Marks of 1874

Obverse of Bavarian 20 Marks of 1874

Reverse of German 20 Marks of 1900

Reverse of Bavarian 20 Marks of 1900

German States

Reverse of German 20 Marks of 1900

Obverse of Bavarian 20 Marks of 1900

Reverse of German 20 Marks of 1905

Obverse of Bavarian 20 Marks of 1905

Reverse of German 20 Marks of 1905

Reverse of Bavarian 20 Marks of 1905


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