S/42 shows this particular K98 was built by Mauser Werke, while the "G" date code shows it was manufactured in 1935; the German serial numbering system started over again at "1" for each manufacturer for each year of production, so you'll find identical serial numbers throughout each model for each year of production, and each manufacturer would have identical serial numbers. After each manufacturer hit 9999 for a particular model, they would add a serif letter to the back of the s/n, and continue through, so that 9999 would be followed by 1a, then 9999a would be followed by 1b, then 9999b would be followed by 1c, and so on.
Edit: Oops, too many 9s in my serial numbering layout.
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