Bavaria 1867 1/2 gulden

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Sincona sale 57, lot 2584
This specimen was lot 2584 in Sincona sale 57 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 300 CHF (about US$357 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND | Bavaria, Ludwig II. 1864-1886. 1/2 Gulden 1867, München. Selten in dieser Erhaltung. NGC MS66. (Germany, kingdom of Bavaria, Louis II, 1864-86, half gulden of 1867, Munich mint. Rare in this condition, gem uncirculated.)"
This type was struck 1866-71 and is the last of its denomination. One of the results of unification was the termination of separate coinages for each of the independent states, including Bavaria. Bavaria continued to issue coins using the united empire standard in the denominations of 2, 5, 10 and 20 mark until 1918 when the empire collapsed at the end of World War One. The old thalers continued to circulate as three mark pieces. This piece, within 5% of the weight of a one mark piece, may also have sirculated for a time. King Ludwig II ruled until 1886, when he was deposed in favor of his brother. Disliked for his extravagance and his homosexuality, he died soon after under very mysterious circumstances.

Recorded mintage: 99,630.

Specification: 5.3 g, .900 fine silver, .153 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 882 (formerly KM 492), AKS 180.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 57: World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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