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22KY 1872 Wilhelm I German 20 Mark Coin

Itemnumber: 273577

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Coin/Currency Type: 22KYG

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This German 20 Mark coin was minted in 1872, the obverse features Wilhelm I, the first German Emperor, crowned in 1871 and ruling until 1888 when he died at the age of 90. The coin is crafted from .900 Gold weighing 7.96grams and is crafted from .2304Gold. The Obverse features .The Reverse features the Crowned arms of Germany, a spread eagle and is marked DEUTSCHES REICH 1871 20 Mark.For many centuries Germany was in actuality a large number of states, some large, others small, and power rested mainly with the lords of each state. The Hapsburgs attempted to unify Germany ending in the thirty years war 1618 - 1648, which devastated the German economy, and heightened the localisation of power. At this point it is estimated that there were as many as 1,800 separate states some with a population as few as 300 people. Otto von Bismarck was instrumental in unifying most of these states into a modern nation. On April 14th 1871, the king of Prussia, the largest and most powerful state become emperor William I . According to Krause, the new nation consisted of 4 kingdoms, 6 grand duchies and principalities, 3 free cities, and the province of Alsace-Lorraine.
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