5 Mark    (sold for $39.0)


1903, Kingdom of Saxony, George I.  Large Silver 5 Mark Coin. VF-

Mint Year: 1903 Reference: KM-1258. Denomination: 5 Mark   Mint Place: Muldenhutten (E) Condition: Numerous edge-hits, bag-marks and scratches, light deposits, cleaning, otherwise VF! Material: Silver (.900) Weight: 27.62gm Diameter: 38mm

Obverse: Head of George I as King of Saxony right. Mint inital (E) below. Legend: GEORGE KOENIG VON SACHSEN / E Reverse: Crown of the German Empire above heraldic eagle of Germany, shield at chest and star order around. Legend: DEUTSCHES REICH 1903 * FÜNF MARK *

George (German: Friedrich August Georg Ludwig Wilhelm Maximilian Karl Maria Nepomuk Baptist Xaver Cyriacus Romanus; 8 August 1832 – 15 October 1904) was a King of Saxony of the House of Wettin.

George was born in the Saxon capital Dresden. He was the second son of King John of Saxony (1801–1873) and his wife Princess Amelia of Bavaria (1801–1877), daughter of King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria (1756–1825).

On 11 May 1859 at Belém Palace, Lisbon, George married the Infanta Maria Anna of Portugal (1843–1884), the eldest surviving daughter of Queen Maria II of Portugal (1819–1853) and her consort, King Ferdinand II (1816–1885). Ferdinand was born as the Prince of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Kohary, and as such was a Catholic Saxon kinsman of George.

George served under his brother Albert's command during the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 and in the Franco-German War.   In the re-organisation of the army which accompanied the march towards   Paris, his brother the Crown Prince gained a separate command over the   4th army (Army of the Meuse) consisting of the Saxon XII corps, the   Prussian Guard corps, and the IV (Prussian Saxony) corps and George   succeeded him in command of the XII corps.

Prince George was a Generalfeldmarschall before his ascension. It gradually became clear that George's older brother Albert I (1828–1902) and his wife Queen Carola (1833–1907) would not have any children, thereby making George the heir presumptive to the throne. He succeeded Albert I as King of Saxony on 19 June 1902, albeit for just a brief two-year reign. He died in Pillnitz and was succeeded by his eldest son Frederick Augustus III (1865–1932), who was deposed in 1918.

King George was a controversial figure. He divorced by royal decree   his eldest son from his daughter-in-law, Crown Princess Luise. Luise's   flight from Dresden was due to her father-in-law threatening to have her   interned in Sonnestein Mental Asylum for life. Her brother supported   her in her wish to escape Saxony. Emperor Franz-Josef of Austria-Hungary   did not recognise the divorce.

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 Denomination: 5 Mark
 Metal: Silver
 State: Kingdom of Saxony (1806 - 1918)
 Person: George, King of Saxony
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Coin variations: 6 instance(s)
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