Prussia 1765-C thaler Dav-2589

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Kunker sale 263, lot 694
This specimen was lot 694 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €320 (about US$414 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"PREUSSEN, KÖNIGREICH Friedrich II. der Große, 1740-1786. Reichstaler preuß. (60 Stüber) 1765, C, Cleve. R Fast sehr schön. (kingdom of Prussia, Frederick II the Great, 1740-86, thaler of 1765, Cleve mint. Scarce, choice very fine.)"
Silver thalers of eighteenth century Prussia are scarce as her issues were lighter and lower in fineness than those of neighboring states such as Saxony and Hannover. These coins were spent and the others hoarded. Despite Frederick the Great's strenuous efforts to build up the local economy, Prussia remained a poor and backward country. This type was struck 1765 only at Cleve (mintmark "C").

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: 22.27 g, .750 fine silver, .537 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Dav-2589; Old. 98; Kluge 128.2, KM 308.


  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., German Talers, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1965.

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