Prussia 1756-D mariengroschen

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Sincona sale 46, lot 125
This specimen was lot 125 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 13,000 CHF (about US$15,599 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Brandenburg/Prussia, Friedrich II. 1740-1786. 1/2 Friedrichs dor 1756 D, Aurich. Goldabschlag von den Stempeln des Mariengroschen im Gewicht des 1/2 Friedrichs d'ors. Wertangabe, darunter die Jahreszahl 1756 und Münzzeichen D. Rv. Gekrönter Adler mit Zepter und Reichsapfel in gekröntem Barockschild. Von grösster Seltenheit. Fast FDC. Prachtexemplar mit feinem Prägeglanz. (kingdom of Prussia, Frederick II, 1740-86, half frederick d'or of 1756, Aurich mint. Off metal strike in gold of a Mariengroschen in the weight of a half frederick d'or. Obverse: denomination with date and mintmark; reverse: crowned eagle with scepter and orb on a crowned ornate shield. Of the highest rarity, About uncirculated, Cabinet piece with nice mint luster.)"
This mariengroschen was normally a billon piece of a type struck at Aurich in East Friesland 1752-56. The province of East Friesland was part of Prussia 1744-1806, then French 1806-13, then Prussia 1813-15, then Hannover 1815-66 and finally Prussia 1866-1918.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: normally billon. Off metal strike: 3.34 g, .903 fine gold, this specimen 3.32 g.

Catalog reference: Olding 256b Anm.1, Kluge 328.4-a, Slg. Henckel 5303, Slg. Killisch von Horn 3162, KM 215 (listed under East Friesland).

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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