Paderborn 1767 5 thaler Fr-1964

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30084
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bishopric of Paderborn in 1789

This specimen was lot 30084 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $8,225. The catalog description[1] noted, "A Conditional Rarity Paderborn. Wilhelm Anton gold 5 Talers 1767 AS, MS63 NGC. The only collectible date of this brief two-year emission, and even so, seldom offered. The few pieces for which we can locate auction records are always in average circulated condition. But this incredible example is well struck, with gleaming luster and reflective surfaces. It is quite possibly the finest known of the type. Paderborn, a city in Westphalia, derives its name from the river Pader that originates in the city. Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman / B.G. Johnson." The other gold issues from this ecclesiastical state are even rarer. The five thaler denomination was popular in north Germany in the late eighteenth century, used in Prussia, Hannover and Saxony.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.65 g, .900 fine gold, 24 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 244, Fr-1964.


  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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