Bavaria 1871 thaler Dav-614

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Künker sale 293, lot 220
This specimen was lot 220 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €575 (about US$775 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Ludwig II. 1864-1886. Vereinstaler 1871. Stempel von J. Ries. R Vorzüglich-Stempelglanz. (kingdom of Bavaria, Louis II, 1864-86, union thaler of 1871, dies by J. Ries. Scarce, extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
The vast majority of the 1871 regular issue thalers are Dav-612, featuring the bust by G. Voigt; this one by J. Ries is scarce, verging on rare. German unification and coinage reform in 1871-73 ended the issue of thalers.

Recorded mintage: 718,000 (including Dav-612 and -613).

Specification: 18.52 g, .900 fine silver, .535 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: AKS 175; Kahnt 130; Thun 106, Dav-614, KM 888.


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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]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 293: Münzen aus Mittelalter und Neuzeit u. a. die westfälischen Privatsammlungen Werner Bröker und Bernd Terletzki, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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