Lubeck 1776 5 thaler Fr-1931

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Ponterio sale 152, lot 7125
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
Sincona sale 9, lot 3827
The first specimen was lot 7125 in Ponterio sale 152 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $2,760. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. Oldenburg. 5 Taler (Pistole), 1776-B. Friedrich August, 1773-85. NGC XF-45." The second specimen was lot 3827 in Sincona sale 9 (Zurich, October 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND Oldenburg, seit 1774 Herzogtum Friedrich August, 1773-1785. Pistole 1776. Vorzüglich. (Germany, duchy of Oldenburg, Frederick Augustus, 1773-85, pistole of 1776. Extremely fine.)"
The auction catalog listed this coin under Oldenburg while the SCWC lists this under Lubeck. Both are more or less correct, as the bishop of Lubeck was made duke of Oldenburg in 1773. The type is rare and expensive.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.5 g, .900 fine gold, .192 troy oz AGW, the second specimen is 6,70 g.

Catalog reference: Kalvelage/Trippler 369, Fr-1931; KM 87 (listed under Lubeck, not Oldenburg).


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 152: The 2010 NYINC Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.
  • [2]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 9, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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