Coin and Paper Money Collecting/Coin



I've found a 1876 funf mark coin on a building site the other day it has a magnifing glass inside
So I was just wondering if you would know more about it.
I've not found anything like it online so far
thank you

Hi Rich,
Interesting item. The coin is a silver 5 marks from the German State of Prussia. I've seen coins crafted into a variety of items, including pocket knife sets, hidden containers, picture frames, etc. This is the first one I've seen made into a magnifying lens. It appears to be well done and high quality. There also appear to be some hallmarks on the edge. An expert on antique silver would be able to identify when/where it was made and perhaps even by who.
As far as value, the coin in it's normal state in this condition would be worth around $30. This cool piece, a dealer should have no problem getting at least $100 for it.
Thanks for the question! :)

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Dmitry Livshits


My specialty is world coins from the 18th to 20th centuries, primarily non-US foreign coins and related areas such as errors and exonumia (tokens, medals, etc.). I can answer questions relating to identification, grading, selling, preservation and evaluation of such items. In addition to catalog value, I can give you the practical market value and trends for specific types of coins. I will also take questions regarding counterfeits (both modern and antique) and on how to identify them. I am NOT knowledgeable in paper money/banknotes, ancient or "shipwreck" coins. Thank you.


Collector of world coins since early childhood. Access to a variety of auction records and reference material. You can also find me on Facebook.

A.S. in Psychology (2006), B.A. in Forensic Psychology (2008), M.A. in Forensic Psychology (2011).

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