Anhalt-Bernburg 1862-A thaler
This type was struck 1861-62 only and is not common. Mining thalers were issued in several German states to honor the activities of those busily enriching the prince by providing him with silver to spend. Anhalt-Bernburg issued an earlier type of mining thaler 1846-55. The crowned bear walking on the wall is a pun on Bernburg, which means "bear city" in German.
Recorded mintage: 20,000.
Specification: 18.52 g, .900 fine silver, .525 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 88, Davenport 506.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.