Coin and Paper Money Collecting/hamburg gold coin


Several years ago I asked you about this coin with a "bird" on one side and a castle with a crown and the word Hamburg on the other side.  You said it was a vintage souvenir coin and that they were mostly plated.  the one I have is solid gold.  Is it collectible with a notch in it (from gold testing)?

Hi Beverly,
Solid gold pieces are hard to find, but unfortunately there is a limited market for people that collect such items. With damage (the notch) such souvenir pieces rarely bring more than gold melt value, practically speaking. They may sell for a small premium, but auction or consignment fees would reduce the net amount to melt or even less.
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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