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1874, Kingdom of Wurttemberg, Charles I. Gold 20 Mark Coin. 7.95gm!

Mint Year: 1874
Denomination: 20 Mark
Mint Place: Stuttgart (F)
References: Friedberg 3871, KM-625. R!
Material: Gold (.900) 0.2305 oz. AGW
Diameter: 23mm
Weight: 7.95gm

Obverse: Bearded head of Charles I of Wurttemberg right. Mint initial (F) below.
Legend: KARL KOENIG VON WUERTTEMBERG

Reverse: Crown of the German Empire above heraldic eagle of Germany with Prussian shield at chest and star order.
Legend: DEUTSCHES REICH / 20 – M. / 1874

Charles (German: Karl Friedrich Alexander, König von Württemberg; 6 March 1823, Stuttgart – 6 October 1891, Stuttgart) was the third King of Württemberg, from 25 June 1864 until his death in 1891.

He was born 6 March 1823 in Stuttgart, as HRH Charles Frederick Alexander, Crown Prince of Württemberg the son of William I, King of Württemberg (1781–1864) and his third wife (and first cousin) Pauline Therese of Württemberg (1800–1873).

He studied in Berlin and Tübingen.

On 13 July 1846 he married Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaievna of Russia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas I and Charlotte of Prussia. Charlotte was a daughter of Frederick William III of Prussia and Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. She took the name Alexandra upon her marriage. Karl acceded to the throne upon his father’s death in 1864.

The couple had no children, perhaps because of Karl’s homosexuality. Karl became the object of scandal several times for his closeness with various men. The most notorious of these was the American Charles Woodcock, a former chamberlain whom Karl elevated to Baron Savage in 1888. Karl and Charles became inseparable, going so far as to appear together in public dressed identically. The resulting outcry forced Karl to renounce his favorite. Woodcock returned to America, and Karl found private consolation some years later with the technical director of the royal theater, Wilhelm George.

In 1870, Olga and Karl adopted Olga’s niece Vera Konstantinova, the daughter of her brother Grand Duke Konstantin.

Under Charles' leadership, in 1871 Württemberg became a part of the German Empire.

He died, childless, in Stuttgart on 6 October 1891, and was succeeded as King of Württemberg by his sister’s son, William II. He is buried, together with his wife, in the Old Castle in Stuttgart.

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Württemberg, Karl 20 Mark 1876 F. Jaeger 293. GOLD. Fast vorzüglich

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Württemberg, Karl 20 Mark 1874 F. Jaeger 290. GOLD. Winzige Randfehler, sehr schön - vorzüglich

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Württemberg 20 Mark 1874 F. Jaeger 293. GOLD. Winz. Randfehler, sehr schön

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Württemberg, Karl 10 Mark 1876 F. Jaeger 293. GOLD. Sehr schön +

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Württemberg, Karl 20 Mark 1876. Jaeger 293. GOLD. Kleine Randfehler und Kratzer, vorzüglich - Stempelglanz

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G EUROPEAN COINS FROM THE ÅKE LINDÉN COLLECTION, GERMANY Württemberg, Kingdom, Karl, Gold 20-Mark, 1874F, bearded head right, rev Imperial eagle, 7.94g (J 293; F 3871). Extremely fine. mintage 332,000 £200-250
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