Prussia 1749-ALS 2 friedrichs d'or Fr-2377

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Sincona sale 46, lot 83
This specimen was lot 83 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 6,500 CHF (about US$7,799 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Brandenburg/Prussia, Friedrich II. 1740-1786. 2 Friedrichs dor 1749 ALS, Berlin. Brustbild im Harnisch mit Hermelin und Ordensband mit Kreuz nach rechts. Rv. Adler zwischen Waffen, darüber die Krone, im Abschnitt ALS - 1749. Sehr selten, Gutes sehr schön. (kingdom of Prussia, Frederick II, 1740-86, double frederick d'or of 1749, Berlin mint. Obverse: armored, mantled bust with sash and cross to right; reverse: eagle rising over piled arms, crown above. Very rare, Good very fine.)"
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 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. This rare double friedrichs d'or was worth ten thalers.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.36 g, .903 fine gold, this specimen 13.32 g.

Catalog reference: Olding 376. Kluge 3.1-4. Fr-2377, KM 242.


  • 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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