Prussia 1774-A friedrichs d'or Fr-2406

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Sincona sale 46, lot 157
This specimen was lot 157 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 2,000 CHF (about US$2,400 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Brandenburg/Prussia, Friedrich II. 1740-1786. Friedrichs dor 1774 A, Berlin. Nackte Büste mit Lorbeerkranz nach rechts. Rv. Gekrönter Adler auf Fahnen und Waffen, darüber die Jahreszahl 1774, im Abschnitt Münzzeichen A. Fast vorzüglich. Attraktives Exemplar mit feiner Patina. (kingdom of Prussia, Frederick II, 1740-86, frederick d'or of 1774, Berlin mint. Obverse: bare, laureate bust to right; reverse: crowned eagle rising over piled arms, mintmark dividing date below. About extremely fine, Attractive piece with nice patina.)"
This type was struck in Berlin (shown here) 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 6.65 g.

Catalog reference: Olding 434. Kluge 111.11. Fr-2406, KM 309.


  • 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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