Prussia 1756-A friedrichs d'or Fr-2395

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Sincona sale 46, lot 121
This specimen was lot 121 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Brandenburg/Prussia, Friedrich II. 1740-1786. Mittel-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 seltene Variante mit 7 Spitzen auf der rechten Seite der Waffengruppe. Sehr schön. Winziger Schrötlingsfehler am Rand. (kingdom of Prussia, Frederick II, 1740-86, middle frederick d'or of 1756, Berlin mint. Obverse: bare bust to right; reverse: crowned eagle rising over piled arms, mintmark dividing date below. Very fine, Tiny flan defect on the edge.)"
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 friedrichs d'or of 1755-57 may be a debased issue from the Seven Years War.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.68 g, .903 fine gold, this specimen 6.65 g.

Catalog reference: Olding 430a (this example). Kluge 334.2-a (this example). Fr-2395, KM 282.

Source:

  • 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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