A striking historical coin, these Random Date German 20 Mark Gold Coins were minted between 1872 and 1915. Measuring 23mm in diameter with a 7.965 gram total weight, these coins were struck from 90% gold and have an actual gold content of .2304 troy ounces.
Symbols of the might of the German Empire founded in 1871, the Gold 20 Mark featured the image of one of the three German Kaisers: Wilhelm I, Frederick, or Wilhelm II, who saw the Empire destroyed in the First World War. "Deutscher Kaiser Konig V. Preussen" (German Kaiser (Emperor), King of Prussia) is inscribed around the emperor's profile. The King of Prussia was automatically the German Emperor.
The reverse of the coin featured the crowned Imperial German Eagle, with the denomination split by the tail feathers of the eagle, and the legend "Duetsches Reich" - German Empire
German Unification and Empire was declared in 1871 after the crushing defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian War, and lasted until Germany’s surrender in 1918 World War I and led to the overthrow of Wilhelm II. During this period, Germany’s power was second only to Great Britain.