Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel 1850-B 2 thaler Dav-633
This specimen was lot 20563 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel. 2 Talers, 1850-B. NGC MS-67+. The double Taler returned to fashion in Germany in the early 1830's as the Taler shrank from the convention Taler standard (28.06 g) to the Vereinsthaler standard (18.52 g). The double Taler was large enough to display the portraits of the puffed up princelings who survived the Napoleonic wars and the Congress of Vienna. This type from Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel was struck 1850-55 and is fairly common though this is a better date. Of the date, this is certainly the finest extant, possessing surfaces that are minimally toned, display a rich satin texture and are near-flawless. Truly, a miracle of survival." Most double thalers are rare and expensive but this one, struck 1850-55, is fairly common.
Recorded mintage: 76,795 (including KM 1195).
Specification: 37.12 g, .900 fine silver, 1.074 troy oz.
Catalog reference: Dav-633; KM-1140; Thun-157; J-245.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.