Prussia 1770-A friedrichs d'or

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 20978
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 20978 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $2,760. The catalog description[1] noted, "Prussia. Friedrich II gold Friedrichs d'Or 1770A, MS61 NGC, extremely sharp details with abundant original mint luster on both sides. Rare type and a most attractive example." Gold coins of eighteenth century Prussia are scarce as, despite Frederick the Great's strenuous efforts to build up the local economy, Prussia remained a poor and backward country. This type was struck in Berlin (shown here) and Breslau (Fr-2407) 1764-75.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.68 g, .903 fine gold, .194 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 309, Friedberg 2406.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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