The common currency issues were generally ignored by collectors at the time.  Nobody much bothered to seek and set aside choice examples.  So when an example in this quality turns up, it's something really special. Beautifully struck with brilliant, booooming cartwheel lustre, this coin...
€390.00
All of the King Otto currency coins are surprisingly difficult to find in any grade MS63 or higher, especially the large and heavy 5 Marks.  The hair and cheek on the portrait are highly susceptable to contact, along with the dreaded right field behind the head. This example exhibits some...
€295.00
These large, heavy coins are quite rare in top grade.  This is a lovely, clean coin with no distractions visible to the naked eye, sharp detail contrasts with slightly mirror fields, some very faint golden toning around the edges highlights the inscriptions.
€395.00
This was one of the coins about which I had a rather unsatisfactory discussion with PCGS President Don Willis in Paris.  My question was, why does PCGS use the "PL" designation ONLY for U.S. and Canadian coins?  But PCGS is apparently not open to extending this designation to coins of...
€1 975.00
The real deal .... and then some!  Obviously struck from brand-new dies, the heavily frosted details float on clear, mirrored fields.  Why only MS66 and not MS66+ PL ???  Ask PCGS why they won't give Foreign coins a "PL" grade.  Maybe they'll let you in on a secret they wouldn't tell me....
€1 675.00
Another coin where I find that PCGS's grading guide leaves much to be desired.  This coin is a lock-on for a "PL" designation.  Scattered light contact evenly around the coin, but no single blemish that stands out.  And here's where my problem starts:  the portrait of Ludwig II and the...
€1 175.00
What a little beauty!  Some very minor chatter is evenly distributed, nothing stands out to the naked eye.  The contrast is wonderful, and then some!  A lovely "old gold" color lets the frosty details stand out boldly.  Very few proofs were minted and this is definitely one of the finest...
€3 250.00
Full lustre on both sides and a lovely "old gold" color which is completely original. All this makes for a most attractive example in problem-free condition.
€1 175.00
What a little beauty!  The few tiny bag-marks are fortuitously placed so as to disappear into the detail.  The reverse shows the extensive circular die break typical of this coin.  Unusual for a gold coin, this one has a bright swirling lustre proving the piece well worthy of the "+"....
€2 850.00
What a beautiful little coin!  Any contact or bag-marks are discretely tucked away in parts of the design. The King's portrait has a satiny lustre and floats on a mirrored field.  The reverse has bold, swirling lustre.  NOTE: The quality of striking (or perhaps preparation of the dies)...
€1 175.00