Anhalt-Dessau 1863-A thaler Dav-510

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Sincona sale 18, lot 1216
This specimen was lot 1216 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 180 (about US$237 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Vereinstaler 1863. Berlin Vereinigung der Herzogtümer. Fast FDC. (Anhalt-Dessau, union thaler of 1863, Berlin mint, on the union of the duchies, choice uncirculated.)"
This commemorative honored the merger of Anhalt-Dessau and Anhalt-Bernburg. In 1871, with the successful conclusion of the Franco-Prussian War, the currency was reformed to use pfennig and marks and the taler was dropped, tho it remained legal tender at three mark until the 1880's.

Recorded mintage: 50,000.

Specification: 18.52 g, .900 fine silver, .536 troy oz ASW, lettered edge, this specimen 18.51 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-510; KM-15; Kahnt 11. Thun 11.


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  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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