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Germany Hesse Darmstadt 2 and 5 Mark  1875 to 1891
Germany Hesse Darmstadt 2 and 5 Mark 1875 to 1891

There were four Hesse states in the old German Federation. Only Hesse-Darmstadt issued coinage after the empire congealed in 1871. The coins on this page are those of Kings Ludwig III and Ludwig IV, with virtually indentical designs except, of course, for the kings' profiles. Coins of King Ernst are not covered here.

We present some typical catalog values in the listings below. As always on CoinQuest, you must apply the concepts outlined on our Important Terminology page to convert these (inflated) catalog values to actual buy and sell values.

You will note in the tables below that well preserved coins are worth *much* more than worn coins. This is because very few specimens have survived in excellent condition. Any collector or dealer will carefully scrutinize any coin before paying high premiums based on condition alone. For instance, to meet 'uncirculated' prices, a coin cannot have even the faintest indication of wear.

NEVER CLEAN A COIN. CLEANING RUINS VALUE.

2 (ZWEI) MARK LUDWIG III (0.322 troy ounces silver):
worn: $150 US dollars approximate catalog value
averge circulated: $350
well preserved: $2000
fully uncirculated: $5000

2 (ZWEI) MARK LUDWIG IV (0.322 troy ounces silver):
worn: $450 US dollars approximate catalog value
averge circulated: $1800
well preserved: $3500
fully uncirculated: $6500
Ludwig IV 2 mark coins dated 1891 are worth about one-half of the values above

5 (FUNF) MARK LUDWIG III (0.804 troy ounces silver):
worn: $90 US dollars approximate catalog value
averge circulated: $180
well preserved: $2500
fully uncirculated: $7000

5 (FUNF) MARK LUDWIG IV (0.804 troy ounces silver):
worn: $500 US dollars approximate catalog value
averge circulated: $1800
well preserved: $3500
fully uncirculated: $8500
Ludwig IV 5 mark coins dated 1891 are worth about one-half of the values above

CoinQuest thanks U. Helmig of Osnabrück, Germany for use of their coin photos.

Coin: 7461 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: Darryl, Sun, 24-Apr-2011 17:42:11 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 27-Jun-2014 13:53:10 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Mon, 31-Aug-2015 02:48:28 GMT
Requester description: 1876 Ludwig III Grosherzog Von Hessen
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Comments

I have the LUDWIG IV GROSHERZOG VON HESSEN but mine are in Gold. Is there a difference in value. - Bruce
Bruce -- A 10 mark from Hesse-Darmstadt has 0.1152 troy ounces of gold, and a 20 mark has twice that. Multiply the current value of gold by 0.115 or 0.230 to get the base value (BV) of your coin. To the BV add collector value which depends on condition and can be quite a bit. For an average circulated 10 mark add $400 and for an average circulated 20 mark add $600. If you submit a normal free appraisal request we will create a page for your coin with more info. - CoinQuest (Paul)

Thank you kindly Paul for your reply, just to mention i have the Gold 5 Mark 1877 is there much of a difference. - Bruce
Oh, sorry Bruce. I missed the 5 mark gold, which are rare coins. The catalogs say your coin is very valuable, cataloging at $1500 US dollars in average circulated condition and rising to $3000 in uncirculated. If you want to send pictures, we can give you closer estimates. To send, use the 'Contact' button at the top of the home page to start an e-mail exchange. - CoinQuest (Paul)

  

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