Austria 1865-A 2 thaler Dav-23

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Kunker sale 263, lot 1567
This specimen was lot 1567 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabruck, June 2015), where it sold for €2,400 (about US$3,100 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Franz Josef I. 1848-1916. Doppelter Vereinstaler 1865, A, Wien. R Fast vorzüglich. (empire of Austria, Francis Joseph I, 1848-1916, double union thaler of 1865, Vienna mint. Scarce, choice extremely fine.)"
This rare type is among the last thalers struck by Austria, to be superseded by the double florin struck in various types 1859-92. In 1866, Austria lost a war with Prussia and was evicted from the German Confederation.

Recorded mintage: 7,425.

Specification: 37.04 g, .900 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-23; J. 313; Kahnt 357; Thun 459, KM 2249.


  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.
  • 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.

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