5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm II

Features

Location Kiau Chau (China)
Issuing entity Deutsch Asiatische Bank
Emperor Wilhelm II (1897-1914)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1909
Value 5 Cents (0.05)
Currency Dollar (1907-1914)
Composition Copper-nickel (75% Cu; 25% Ni)
Weight 2.99 g
Diameter 18.5 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 7 November 1914
Number N# 20877
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 1,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.
Schön# 1
Gerhard Schön; 2022. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

Four Chinese ideograms within a beaded circle, all surrounded by more ideograms.

Script: Chinese (traditional, regular script)

Lettering:
島青

寶國
德 
分伍
元壹洋大當枚十二每

Translation:
Tsingtao
Great German Empire's currency
5 Fen
Every 20 pieces is worth 1 Yuan

Engraver: Paul Sturm Read more on Wikipedia

Paul Sturm was a German art nouveau sculptor, medallist and designer.

Reverse

The Imperial German Coat-of-Arms (including an anchor) separating the value and surrounded by legend.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
DEUTSCH. KIAUTSCHOU GEBIET
5 CENT
1909

Translation: German Kiautschou Territory

Engraver: Otto Schultz

Edge

Smooth.

Mint

Berlin, Germany (1280-date)

Comments

This was issued by the Deutsch-Asiatische Bank in October 1909 to cope with market confusion arising from the currency exchange between the Mexican 8 Reales (which Chinese merchants commonly used) and the Deutsche Mark. By circulating Kiau Chau coins, Chinese merchants were able to exchange at the Deutsch-Asiatische Bank for a Mexican 8 Reales (as 1 Yuan), preventing the exchange problem. It is statutory that local authority had unlimited obligation to exchange all Kiau Chau coins for Mexican 8 Reales, and may not refuse any Kiau Chau coins for transactions within 3 Yuan. When Tsingtao was occupied by Japanese military on November 7, 1914, the Kiau Chau coins ceased to circulate.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1909  610 000 $ 67 $ 150 $ 330 $ 1200 98%
1909  $ 4400 2% Proof

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm II
Heritage Auctions
2022 December 7 - 9 HKINF World & Ancient Coins Platinum Session and Signature® Auction - Hong Kong 3103
Lot 35142
Internet Archive
Dec 7, 2022 1909 UNC
(PCGS MS65)
USD 2400.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm II
Heritage Auctions
2022 July 7 - 9 HKINF World & Ancient Coins Platinum Session and Signature® Auction - Hong Kong 3100
Lot 35154
Internet Archive
Jul 7, 2022 1909 UNC
(PCGS MS63)
USD 1200.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm II
Heritage Auctions
2022 July 7 - 9 HKINF World & Ancient Coins Platinum Session and Signature® Auction - Hong Kong 3100
Lot 36068
Internet Archive
Jul 7, 2022 1909 UNC
(PCGS MS62)
USD 840.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm II
Heritage Auctions
2022 July 7 - 9 HKINF World & Ancient Coins Platinum Session and Signature® Auction - Hong Kong 3100
Lot 36067
Internet Archive
Jul 7, 2022 1909 UNC
(PCGS MS62)
USD 900.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm II
Heritage Auctions
2021 December 11 - 13 HKINF World Coins Signature® Auction - Hong Kong 3095
Lot 36117
Internet Archive
Dec 11, 2021 1909 UNC
(PCGS MS62)
USD 1800.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm II
Heritage Auctions
2021 June 24 - 25 HKINF World Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong 3092
Lot 39124
Internet Archive
Jun 24, 2021 1909 UNC
(PCGS MS64)
USD 1560.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm II
Heritage Auctions
2020 July 12 - 13 HKINF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong 3084
Lot 31050
Internet Archive
Jul 12, 2020 1909 UNC
(PCGS MS64)
USD 1260.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm II
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Weekly Online Auction 232022
Lot 64277
Internet Archive
May 27, 2020 1909 UNC
(PCGS MS63)
USD 810.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm II
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232243
Lot 64392
Internet Archive
Oct 20, 2022 1909 AU
(NGC AU55)
USD 180.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm IIPicture 1 of a sold 5 Cents / 5 Fen - Wilhelm II
Heritage Auctions
2022 July 7 - 9 HKINF World & Ancient Coins Platinum Session and Signature® Auction - Hong Kong 3100
Lot 36072
Internet Archive
Jul 7, 2022 1909 AU
(PCGS AU53)
USD 408.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
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