Frankfurt 1840 2 thaler Dav-639
This specimen was lot 30819 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $5,052.50. The catalog description noted, "Frankfurt. Free City Proof 2 Taler 1840 PR63 Cameo PCGS. A one-year issue that celebrates the opening of the new Mint, with fully reflective fields and delicate cameo contrast across the raised features. While the business-strike version asserts a small mintage figure of just 649 pieces, one can presume an even smaller number of those struck in Proof. Seldom offered, and currently the only certified example of the type, and highly engaging as such." This type was struck by the free city of Frankfurt am Main 1840-44. Its face value of two thalers was equal to 3½ gulden. Frankfurt was annexed by Prussia in 1866 and its coinage ceased.
Recorded mintage: 649.
Specification: 37.04 g, .900 fine silver, 1.071 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 325, Dav-639.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.