Prussia 1756-A 1/2 friedrichs d'or Fr-2393

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Sincona sale 46, lot 122
This specimen was lot 122 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 5,500 CHF (about US$6,600 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Brandenburg/Prussia, Friedrich II. 1740-1786. 1/2 Friedrichs dor 1756 A, Berlin. Nackte Büste nach rechts. Rv. Gekrönter Adler auf Fahnen und Waffen, darüber die Jahreszahl 1756, im Abschnitt Münzzeichen A. Äusserst seltener Typ, nur wenige Exemplare bekannt. Vorzüglich. Minimale Kratzer. (kingdom of Prussia, Frederick II, 1740-86, half frederick d'or of 1756, Berlin mint. Obverse: bare bust to right; reverse: crowned eagle rising over piled arms, date below. Extremely rare type, only a few pieces known, Extremely fine, Minimal scratches.)"
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 halb friedrichs d'or of 1755-56 may be a debased issue from the Seven Years War.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.34 g, .903 fine gold, this specimen 3.31 g.

Catalog reference: Olding 407 (this example), Kluge 51.2, Fr-2393, KM 280.


  • 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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