Prussia 1746-EGN friedrichs d'or Fr-2380

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Sincona sale 46, lot 80
This specimen was lot 80 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 2,400 CHF (about US$2,880 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Brandenburg/Prussia, Friedrich II. 1740-1786. Friedrichs dor 1746 EGN, Berlin. Brustbild im Harnisch mit Hermelin und Ordensband nach rechts. Rv. Adler auf Waffengruppe ohne Fahnen und mit Standarten an Ketten, im Abschnitt EGN - 1746. Sehr seltene Variante mit 7 Spitzen auf jeder Seite der Waffengruppe. Sehr schön. Leicht bearbeitet. (kingdom of Prussia, Frederick II, 1740-86, frederick d'or of 1746, Berlin mint. Obverse: armored, mantled bust with sash to right; reverse: eagle rising over piled arms. Very rare variety with seven spears coming out of the piled arms. Very fine, Minor tooling.)"
Altho Frederick began his reign by minting ducats, in 1741 he switched to friedrichs d'or, a renamed version of the Wilhelm d'or minted by his father. The early issues, such as this one of 1741-46, are rare, but the coin later came to be quite common and was imitated by other North German states as a five thaler gold coin. Half and double friedrichs d'or exist.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.68 g, .903 fine gold, this specimen 6.62 g.

Catalog reference: Olding 378 Anm. Kluge 6.4-a. Fr-2380, KM 234.


  • 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]Richter, Jürg, Auction 46, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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