Prussia 1768-A thaler Dav-2586

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Sincona sale 51, lot 3166
This specimen was lot 3166 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 1,000 CHF (about US$1,206 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Friedrich II. 1740-1786. Taler 1768 A, Berlin. . Selten in dieser Erhaltung. FDC. Leicht justiert. (Germany, kingdom of Prussia, Frederick II, 1740-86, thaler of 1768, Berlin mint. Rare in this condition, Uncirculated, Minor adjustment marks.)"
Despite Frederick the Great's strenuous efforts to build up the local economy, Prussia remained a poor and backward country. This type was struck 1764-75 at Berlin (mintmark "A"), Konigsburg (mintmark "E"), Magdeburg (mintmark "F") and Cleve (mintmark "C"). While many individual dates are rare, the type is common in circulated condition.

Recorded mintage: 255,163.

Specification: 22.27 g, .750 fine silver, this specimen 22.27 g.

Catalog reference: KM 306.2, Olding 69 d, Dav-2586.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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