Hesse-Cassel 1771-FU 5 thaler Fr-1283

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Heritage sale 3076, lot 31503
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This specimen was lot 31503 in Heritage sale 3076 (Long Beach, CA, September 2019), where it sold for $1,680. The catalog description[1] noted, "German States: Hesse-Cassel. Friedrich II gold 5 Taler 1771-FU UNC Details (Obverse Cleaned) NGC, A brightly lustrous and fully detailed specimen of this scarce gold multiple taler type. Very difficult to encounter in any condition, much more so in Mint State." This rare type is noted for 1771 and 1777-78. All are listed with mintmaster BR even tho the KM plate coin, like the example shown here, sports the initials FU. Five thalers equalled a Prussian friedrichs d'or.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 6.65 g, .900 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 496, Fr-1283.


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  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3076, featuring the Allen Moretti Swiss Collection and the James Mossman Collection of Canadian Coinage, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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