Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel 1803-MC 5 thaler Fr-726

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3648
This specimen was lot 3648 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €14,000 (about US$18,085 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRAUNSCHWEIG-WOLFENBÜTTEL, FÜRSTENTUM Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand, 1780-1806. 5 Taler 1803, MC. GOLD. Von allergrößter Seltenheit. 2. bekanntes Exemplar. Winz. Randfehler, fast Stempelglanz. Exemplar der Slg. Vogel, Teil 2, Auktion Fritz Rudolf Künker 213, Osnabrück 2012, Nr. 4662 und der Auktion Grün 23, Heidelberg 1998, Nr. 1160. (Germany, duchy of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel, Charles William Ferdinand, 1780-1806, five thaler of 1803. Of the highest rarity, two specimens known. A few rim bumps, choice uncirculated, from Kunker sale 213, lot 4662.)"
The gold five thaler was introduced in Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel in 1742 and struck until 1834. This type is mentioned for 1785-1806 and, tho all dates are scarce, this one is key.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.65 g, .900 fine gold, this specimen 6.63 g.

Catalog reference: Divo/S. - (zu 44); Fr-726; Schl. - (zu 161 f.); Welter -, KM 1025.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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