Anhalt-Dessau 1866-A thaler Dav-509

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Goldberg sale 65, lot 4727
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles
Steve Album sale 30, lot 1105
Anhalt SA30-1105r.jpg

The first specimen was lot 4727 in Goldberg sale 65 (Los Angeles, September 2011), where it sold for $195.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "German States - Anhalt-Dessau. Taler, 1866-A. Leopold Friedrich. Toned. Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated." The second specimen was lot 1105 in Stephen Album sale 30 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2018), where it sold for $152.75. The catalog description[2] noted, "ANHALT-DESSAU: Leopold IV, 1863-1871, AR thaler, 1866, surface hairlines, AU." 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.

Recorded mintage: 30,880.

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

Catalog reference: Dav-509; KM-20; Thun-10.


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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]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 65: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins," Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2011.
  • [2]Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 30, featuring the George Anderson Collection of Tibetan Coins, the Dr. John W. Lund Collection of Swedish Coins and the Mike Edwards Collection, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2018.

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