IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – HIGH VAULTED – .935 SILVER HALLMARK. This is a true custom-made, privately-purchased 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is a highly vaulted example, just about as highly vaulted as I have ever offered. The paint on its obverse rates at about 98% (the paint on the “W’s” highest point is a bit diminished). The frame displays a tremendous patina. Its beadwork is even and clean.
The reverse reveals why the obverse’s frame has such a great patina: a .935 silver hallmark. Any fineness of silver above .800 is highly unusual. While we see examples of .925, the only fineness above .925 is the VERY rare .950. [It is also worth mentioning that the Iron Cross is magnetic. Its pin is swollen (coke bottle).
You will be hard pressed to find a higher-quality 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class!