Prussia 1718-HFH thaler Dav-2571

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Künker sale 293, lot 329
This specimen was lot 329 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €3,800 (about US$5,122 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"PREUSSEN, KÖNIGREICH Friedrich Wilhelm I. der Soldatenkönig, 1713-1740. Reichstaler 1718, HFH, Berlin, für das Herzogtum Geldern. RR Feine Tönung, kl. Schrötlingsfehler, fast vorzüglich. Das Münzmeisterzeichen des vorliegenden Reichstalers läßt eigentlich darauf schließen, daß dieses Stück in Magdeburg geprägt worden ist. Von Schrötter schreibt jedoch, daß Heinrich Friedrich Halter die Münzen für das Herzogtum Geldern in Berlin gemünzt hat. (Germany, kingdom of Prussia, Frederick William I, the Soldier King, 1713-40, thaler of 1718, Berlin mint, for the duchy of Geldern. Rare, fine toning, light hairlines, about extremely fine. The coin-master's mark shown on the present thaler suggests that this piece was coined in Magdeburg. Von Schrotter, however, writes that Heinrich Friedrich Halter minted them in Berlin.)"
This one year type is very rare as are all Prussian thalers prior to the 1750's.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-2571, v. Schr. 548, KM-173.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., German Talers, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1965.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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