Frankfurt 1849 2 gulden Dav-645
This specimen was lot 635 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $6,462.50. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Frankfurt. 2 Gulden, 1849. NGC PROOF-64. VERY RARE. Mintage of only 200 pieces. Commemorating the election of Friedrich Wilhelm IV as Emperor of Germany. Toned with iridescent highlights and underlying luster. Needle sharp strike. From the Rockaway Collection." The city of Frankfurt, host to the assembly which was attempting to unify Germany democratically, issued several double gulden to honor various princes who were invited to assume the throne. Each declined, postponing German unification until 1871.
Recorded mintage: 200.
Specification: 21.21 g, .900 fine silver, lettered edge.
Catalog reference: Dav-645; KM-341.1.
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