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This is a lovely example of this coin minted 110 years ago. It was struck to commemorate the 400th birthday of Philips des Großmütigen (Philip the Magnanimous).

Coins from this era and particularly this denomination had quite a low mintage. This one here was 40,000 where as the 2 Mark coin was 100,000.

The strike is good and clean. The rim is in near perfect condition aside a small section of light flattening on the obverse. The reverse of the coin is in fantastic condition and the spread winged eagle is in truly wonderful condition with even the smallest details of the feathers still clearly visible. It has a light patina from age but all in all the coin is in a well above average grade.

It has 24.99 grams of pure silver and is a large coin with a diameter of 38 mm.

A great example from this era of the Kaiserreich in Hessen Germany.

Additional information



1904 Ernst Ludwig 1892-1918 Grossherzog von Hessen  5 Mark coin
Kaiserreich – Großherzogtum Hessen
Commemorative coin for the 400th Birthday of Phillips des Großmütigen (Phillip the Magnanimous)

Value:       5 Mark
Year:        1904
Weight:     27,77 g
Silver        900/1000
Diameter:  38 mm
Rand :       GOTT MIT UNS (God With Us)
Minted:     40,000
Catalogue: Jaeger 75

Obverse:   PHILIPP LANDGRAF Z. HESSEN ERNST-LUDWIG GROSSHERZOG V. HESSEN U. B. R. / VERBUM DNI MANET IN AETERNUM  (latin for “The word of the Lord endures forever”) 13. NOV. 1504-1904. Jugate and draped busts of Philipp and Ernst Ludwig left facing.

Reverse: Crowned imperial eagle, coat-of-arms on chest.


The man who is the subject of this commemorative coin is Philip I of the house of Hesse. He was known as Philip the Magnanimous for all the good deeds and generosity he showed to the people of his lands. Amongst his great act of reformation was the founding of the University in Marburg just to the north of Frankfurt.  Even today Marburg is still a major university town and center of learning in Hessen.

He was born in Marburg in 1504 and died at the age of 62 in Kassel on 31 March 1567.  His father was Landgrave Wilhelm II who died of a syphilitic disease when Philip was only 5 years old which left him to be raised by his mother Anna of Mecklenburg.

Philip was to become one of the foremost Princes and political leaders of his era during the age of the Reformation and Renaissance in the Holy Roman Empire.

Upon his death the state was split into 4 sections. Each of his sons received a section to govern.  The eldest son William IV was given Hesse-Cassel, Ludwig IV got Hesse-Marburg and then Hesse-Rheinfels went to Philip II and Hesse-Darmstadt to George I.

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