Prussia 1741-EGN thaler Dav-2581

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Künker sale 293, lot 335
This specimen was lot 335 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 II. der Große, 1740-1786. Speciestaler 1741, EGN, Berlin. Variante mit großem Ordenskreuz. RR Feiner Prägeglanz, winz. Schrötlingsfehler am Rand, sehr schön-vorzüglich/vorzüglich. (kingdom of Prussia, Frederick II (the Great), 1740-86, specie thaler of 1741, Berlin mint, with large cross. Rare, fine luster, minor edge defects, very fine to extremely fine.)"
This is the first thaler of Frederick the Great and the only thaler issued between Dav-2577 of 1727 and Dav-2582 of 1750.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: silver, this specimen 29.19 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-2581, Old. 1; Kluge 23.1, KM-232.


  • 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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