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New Guinea (German) 10 Pfennig, 1/2, 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 Mark  1894 and 1895
New Guinea (German) 10 Pfennig, 1/2, 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 Mark 1894 and 1895

German New Guinea, now called Papua New Guinea, occupies the eastern half of the Island of New Guinea and is now under Australian control. In 1894 and 1895 the Germans issued beautiful copper, silver, and gold coinage with a dazzling bird of paradise on the front and a wreathed denomination on the back.

The breathtaking coin in our picture, a silver 5 mark, comes from Goldberg Coins and Collectibles in Los Angeles where it sold for more than $7000 US dollars at auction. The coin is in coveted MS65 condition, almost a perfect coin. CoinQuest thanks Goldbergs for use of their photo.

These are valuable coins. Not many were made, few survive today, and collectors like their exotic touch. Our listings below are for problem-free coins without scatches, stains, gouges, cleanings, nicks, corrosion, and the like. Consult our Important Terminology page to convert these catalog values to actual buy and sell values.

DO NOT CLEAN YOUR COIN. CLEANING RUINS VALUE.

10 PFENNIG (copper)
worn: $30 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $60
well preserved: $150
fully uncirculated: $300

1/2 MARK (silver)
worn: $50 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $100
well preserved: $200
fully uncirculated: $350

1 MARK (silver)
worn: $50 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $100
well preserved: $200
fully uncirculated: $450

2 MARK (silver)
worn: $150 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $250
well preserved: $500
fully uncirculated: $900

5 MARK (silver)
worn: $450 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $850
well preserved: $1200
fully uncirculated: $2500

10 MARK (gold)
worn: $4500 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $5000
well preserved: $10000
fully uncirculated: $16000

20 MARK (gold)
worn: $4500 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $5000
well preserved: $10000
fully uncirculated: $16000

As with all valuable coins, beware of counterfeits.

Coin: 13536 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Steve, Fri, 11-Jan-2013 17:42:17 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 12-Jan-2013 05:11:23 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Tue, 30-Dec-2014 03:28:02 GMT
Requester description: 1894 Inscriptions back: New Guinea Compagnie, 2 New Guinea Mark 1894
Tags: new guinea german germany 10 pfennig 1 2 5 20 mark guine guineas guniea deustch bundesrepublik deutchland bundsrepublik deutschen deutiches deutsches deutscherlander deuches bundesrepublic germanic bundesrublika deutschland dutchland deutsch deutsche deut deutshen bundesrepublika deutscher devtsch deutches deutchlands deutchen deutschlands devtscher reicshpfenning renten rentenpfennig pf reichspfenig rechenpfennig ffennig pfennisc phenning reichpfennig reichspfenning reichspfennig pfennige pfenning pfenninge pfenn pfenig pfenng rentenpfenig pffenig deutschemark reicshmark dreimark sammel marke dutchemark kohlenmarke reichmark sammelmarke deuchmark markas marks marc satzmarke reichsmark marck inscriptions monogram compagnie script inscription letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy letters lettering scrip lettered initials bird paradise wreath wreathed rief reif reef wreathe wreat garland wreth wreah wreaths branch stalk twigs stalks spray sprig limb stick twig sprays sprigs branching branches branched sticks

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