What a great coin, Gina. Look at the example in our picture. It comes from Munzhandlung Kunker in Osnabrück, Germany and is currently on sale for 3675 euros (about $4900 US dollars). Kunker's coin is both rare and in wonderful condition. These two together lead to a very valuable piece.
DO NOT CLEAN YOUR COIN. CLEANING RUINS VALUE.
The old German State of Oldeburg issued 2 (zwei) and 5 (funf) mark silver coins in 1900 and 1901. They are both quite rare, and the fact that you have one, Gina, is astounding. This is the kind of thing that gets coin collector's juices flowing!
Handle your coin carefully and consider having it authenticated, graded, and encapsulated by one of the following services: PCGS, ICG, NGC, or ANACS. Look them up on the Internet. Do not use other services.
Here is how catalog value runs for these coins. Use our Important Terminology page to understand what 'catalog value' means. Both 1900 and 1901 dates are worth approximately the same.
ZWEI (2) MARK
worn: $200 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $400
well preserved: $900
fully uncirculated: $1500
FUNF (5) MARK
worn: $400 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1000
well preserved: $3000
fully uncirculated: $6000
CoinQuest thanks Kunker for use of their coin image. It is a beauty!
As with all valuable coins, you must beware of counterfeits. If you think you might have a counterfeit, please write to CoinQuest and we might be able to help.