Hesse-Darmstadt 1854 2 thaler Dav-706

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Sincona sale 23, lot 2155
This specimen was lot 2155 in Sincona sale 23 (Zurich, May 2015), where it sold for 280 CHF (about US$352 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Hessen-Darmstadt, Landgrafschaft, ab 1806 Grossherzogtum, Ludwig III. 1848-1877 Doppelter Vereinstaler 1854. Darmstadt Sehr schön. (grand duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt, Louis III (1848-77), double union thaler of 1854, Darmstadt mint, very fine.)"
This one year type is expensive. The grand duke of Hesse-Darmstadt dropped the "-Darmstadt" from his title when Hesse-Cassel was annexed by Prussia in 1866.

Recorded mintage: 43,000.

Specification: 37.12 g, .900 fine silver, this specimen 37.07 g.

Catalog reference: Kahnt 268. Thun 199. Dav-706, KM 335.


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  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 23, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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