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Coins From The German Empire With Bismarck On Them

 
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 Posted 08/16/2012  10:38 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add fredgr8 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hey all,

Fairly new to coin collecting. I have a small collection, primarily 19th and early 20th century French and German coins. I was wondering if there are any coins from the German Empire with Bismarck on them.

An unrelated question: I have quite a few coins from the French Second Empire... a lot of them have a code/number written on the 2x2 they were sold in beginning with "KM" [followed by several digits]. Does anyone know what this means?

Thanks!
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 Posted 08/16/2012  10:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add amida17 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome to ccf!

You are refering to Krause #'s. Search Krause Publications. If you just want to know what they are post pics here.
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 Posted 08/17/2012  11:59 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hello and welcome.

As for your first question:

Under the Imperial period, "Germany" itself did not issue any commemorative coins; rather, the various member-states of the Empire issued commemorative coins: Prussia, Saxony, etc. Otto von Bismarck was a Prussian politician, so it would be on a Prussian coin, if any, that you would find him. However, there were no such Prussian coins, either. The only Prussian commemoratives to feature people other than the Kaiser and his immediate family were the 100th anniversary of the Defeat of Napoleon coins, which depict various soldiers standing around the Prussian king on horseback.

Neither did the Weimar Republic, Third Reich, West Germany, East Germany nor Reunified Germany ever strike coins in his honour, as far as I can tell. However, he has featured on some non-German coins: In the 1970s, Paraguay issued a series of "influential people of the world" coins, for want of a better term; the Bismarck coins came out in 1974, silver 150 guaranies and gold 1500, 3000 and 4500 guaranies. Here's the 1500 guaranies in the NGC database.
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 Posted 08/17/2012  1:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add chrisild to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As you wrote, neither the "Deutsches Reich" (which is the country name shared by the monarchy, the Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany and Germany under allied occupation) nor the Federal Republic of Germany (1949-today; what you called "West Germany" and "Unified Germany") have ever issued any Bismarck coins. And of course the GDR (1949-1990) did not issue any either. ;)

There had been plans to issue a commemorative Bismarck coin in 1915, for his 100th birthday. But the idea was given up, for two reasons: WW1, and the possibility that the Bismarck coin could have been more popular than a Kaiser coin. Whether there will be a Bismarck commem in 2015, I don't know.

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Do any one know the silver content and mintage of this medal? Thanks in advancee
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 Posted 03/09/2021  03:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Numis-Northerner to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow that German medal is stunning.
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