Germany 10 Mark (Munich Olympics)  1972
Germany 10 Mark (Munich Olympics) 1972

The Summer Olympics were held in Munich, Germany in 1972. The games were overshadowed by the Munich massacre in which eleven Israeli athletes and coaches, and a German police officer, were killed by rebels.

Before the massacre and in commemoration of the games, Germany issued many different 10 mark silver coins with different patterns, legends, mint marks, and edge lettering. Most of these coins are unremarkable, and are worth only their silver value of 0.311 troy ounces. At $30 US dollars per troy ounce, that's about 0.311 x 30 = $9 US dollars. Proof versions were issued for collectors, and these usually command a little more than silver value. Be sure to look up the current value of silver (click to because it changes every day.

However, there is one specific variety of these coins which is quite valuable, and we describe here how to determine if you have the *good* one or not.

To find out if you have the valuable coin, run through this checklist:

First: The coin must bear the spiral pattern in our main picture. It must not bear any of the other 1972 patterns in the secondary picture with the blue background. The coins in the blue picture are all German 10 mark coins dated 1972, and they are all made of 0.311 troy ounces of silver, but they are not special and they are not worth much more than bullion value.

Second: The coin must bear the inscription IN MUNCHEN, not IN DEUTSCHLAND, on the side with the spiral ray design. The coin in our main picture has the IN MUNCHEN inscription.

Third: The coin must have arabesque symbols on its edge, not dots or periods. Coins with these arabesque symbols are elusive, and some of the other patterns (coins in picture with blue background) have them as well. But only coins with the spiral design in our main picture with IN MUNCHEN and arabesques are special, rare, and valuable. CoinQuest thanks Munzen Muller in Lüneburg, Germany for use of their image of the arabesque edge.

If your coin meets all three criteria above, congratulations! It is a special error coin and is worth a bunch of money. All other coins are worth their silver value, as outlined in the first paragraphs above.


There is one final step to determine the value of the special coin: the mint mark D, F, G, or J. According to this Numista page, the mintage of 1972J 10 mark coins (with the J mint mark on the side with the eagle as in our main picture) is only 600 coins. The mintage of D, F, and G mint marks is not precisely known, but is probably less than 600. So, here are CoinQuest estimates of catalog value:

circulated: $200 US dollars approximate catalog value
fully uncirculated: $1000

SPECIAL 1972D, 1972F, or 1972G 10 MARK:
circulated: $500 US dollars approximate catalog value
fully uncirculated: $3000

These are catalog values and must be converted to actual buy and sell values by applying the concepts presented on our Terminology page. Hope you have the *good* one!

Coin: 13810 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: Sue, Sun, 03-Mar-2013 00:06:34 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 31-Jul-2013 13:12:25 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Fri, 20-Feb-2015 01:37:15 GMT
Requester description: 1972 I am just wondering if you can assist me. I have an olympic 10 deuchmark 1972 marked 'd' with the arabesque inprint on the side. I have read up on the differences on these coins but from what I have read the with arabesque is good, but ive read the ones marked 'd' are an error coin. I am not interested in selling the coin just my father has been at me re its value and just wish to get a clearer idea on who is correct ... hope you can help me 10 mark
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I have this coin with the eagle side, as pictured below, with a D mint mark to the left of the 10 under the talon, and arabesque markings on its edge. However, this coin has the reverse side as shown as the top coin in the blue picture. I also have a Dresdner Bank plastic presentation case with it. It is a circulated coin. - Ron Smith

Todd truly sorry! didn't know the etiquette. will 'Obey' .
Thanks Deter
- Dieter Mews
Thanks for your understanding. The 'buy and sell' feature is much more demanding of a seller than using simple comments. It goes toward the integrity of the CoinQuest site. Note that we rate each 'buy and sell' ad by item quality, item description, price, and terms. For instance, a seller who offers a return policy gets a higher rating than one who does not. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have the coin at the top, both sides match photo. Eagle and Spiral . There is no spiral on the side instead it has Fortius Citius written on side and there is dots as in four circles between each word. No spiral got it from my dad who is from Germany - he is dead. Now since there is no spiral on the side is it of the same value as the coins in the blue background ? - Julie
Yes, Julie, you are correct. Your coin must meet all three criteria to be extra valuable. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have found 3 coins, after my dead grand mother where all 3 are meeting every criteria. They where all in sealed plastic wrapping taped with deutche bank. Does that mean my j coin is worth $1000 and the d and f coin are $3000?
That's pretty exciting. If they are fully uncirculated their catalog values are $1000 and $3000. Actual values are lower than catalog values (read our Important Terminology page). Do not clean your coins. Take them to a reputable coin dealer and have them checked to be sure they meet the criteria. Do not touch the surfaces of the coin. Handle them only by the edges. - CoinQuest (Paul)






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