Prussia 1747-AE friedrichs d'or Fr-2376

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Sincona sale 38, lot 1157
This specimen was lot 1157 in Sincona sale 38 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 5,750 CHF (about US$6,896 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Brandenburg / Prussia, Friedrich II. 1740-1786 Friedrichs dor 1747 AE. Breslau. Sehr selten. Vorzüglich. (kingdom of Prussia, Frederick William II, 1740-86, frederick d'or of 1747, Breslau mint, Very rare, Extremely fine.)"
Gold coins of eighteenth century Prussia are scarce as, despite Frederick the Great's strenuous efforts to build up the local economy, Prussia remained a poor and backward country. This type was struck 1744-48 and was worth five thaler.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 6.68 g, .903 fine gold, this specimen 6.63 g.

Catalog reference: Olding 389b. Kluge 9.1. Fr-2376, KM unlisted.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • 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]Jürg Richter, Auction 38, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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