Bavaria 1871 thaler Dav-611
This thaler was issued to honor the Virgin Mary, patroness of Bavaria. One of the results of unification was the termination of separate coinages for each of the independent states, including Bavaria. No more thalers were struck after this issue. 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. 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. This specimen was part of lot 22620 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), which sold for $431.25. The catalog description noted, "Mixed Lot of Thirteen Coins. We have here a very useful grouping of coins from German East Africa as well as coins from Bavaria, Bremen, Hessen, Trier, and more. Grades range from Fine to UNC."
Recorded mintage: 718,000 (including Dav-612, -613 and -614 but not -615).
Specification: 18.52 g, .900 fine silver, .536 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 877 (formerly KM 489), Dav-611.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.