Prussia 1749-ALS friedrichs d'or Fr-2382

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Sincona sale 46, lot 84
This specimen was lot 84 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 5,000 CHF (about US$6,000 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Brandenburg/Prussia, Friedrich II. 1740-1786. Friedrichs dor 1749 ALS, Berlin. Brustbild im Harnisch mit Hermelin und Ordensband nach links. Rv. Adler zwischen Waffen, darüber die Krone, im Abschnitt ALS - 1749. Sehr selten. Sehr schön. Leicht bearbeitet. (kingdom of Prussia, Frederick II, 1740-86, frederick d'or of 1749, Berlin mint. Obverse: armored, mantled bust with sash to left; reverse: eagle rising over piled arms, crown above. Very rare, 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 1749, 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 379. Kluge 7-10. Fr-2382, KM 241.


  • 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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