These 3 and 5 mark coins were minted in silver by the old German State of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel. The coin celebrates the wedding of Ernest Augustus III, Duke of Brunswick to Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia. The coin in our picture is a 3 mark from Munzen am Zoo in Berlin where it is on sale for 250 euros, about $330 US dollars. (Eric -- be sure to read the note after the listings.)
Here are typical catalog values for these coins.
3 (DREI) MARK (0.482 troy ounces silver)
worn: $50 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $120
well preserved: $250
fully uncirculated: $325
5 (FUNF) MARK (0.804 troy ounces silver)
worn: $200 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $400
well preserved: $800
fully uncirculated: $1400
Some versions of these coins have edge lettering GOTT MIT UNS (God with us) and some coins omit U LUNEB in the legend on the side with the couple. Check your coin for these features. If there is no U LUNEB, the values climb substantially.
3 MARK WITHOUT U LUNEB ON OBVERSE
worn: $500 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1200
well preserved: $2000
fully uncirculated: $3000
5 MARK WITHOUT U LUBEB ON OBVERSE
worn: $800 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1800
well preserved: $3000
fully uncirculated: $4500
Finally, Eric, your coin is dated 1913. The catalogs show pattern coins with that date. Patterns are struck as trials and they do not circulate. Here are the catalog values for coins dated 1913
3 MARK DATED 1913: $3500
5 MARK DATED 1913: $5000
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