Prussia 1771-B friedrichs d'or Fr-2407

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Sincona sale 46, lot 151
This specimen was lot 151 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Brandenburg/Prussia, Friedrich II. 1740-1786. Friedrichs dor 1771 B, Breslau. Nackte Büste mit Lorbeerkranz nach rechts. Rv. Gekrönter Adler auf Fahnen und Waffen, darüber die Jahreszahl 1771, im Abschnitt Münzzeichen B. Fehlte in der Slg. Killisch von Horn. Seltener Jahrgang. Sehr schön. (kingdom of Prussia, Frederick II, 1740-86, frederick d'or of 1771, Breslau mint. Obverse: bare, laureate bust to right; reverse: crowned eagle rising over piled arms, mintmark dividing date below. Rare date, Very fine.)"
This type was struck in Berlin (Fr-2406) and in Breslau (Fr-2407) 1764-75. It traded for five thalers. Frederick the Great emerged victorious from the Seven Years War but it was a very near thing, with only the death of the empress Elizabeth in 1761 saving Prussia from utter destruction.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.65 g, .903 fine gold, this specimen 6.57 g.

Catalog reference: Olding 439, Kluge 114.9 (unlisted date), Fr-2407, KM 1005 (listed under Silesia).

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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