Prussia 1776-A 2 friedrichs d'or Fr-2410

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Sincona sale 46, lot 163
This specimen was lot 163 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 10,000 CHF (about US$11,999 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Brandenburg/Prussia, Friedrich II. 1740-1786. 2 Friedrichs dor 1776 A, Berlin. Greisenantlitz. Nackte Büste mit Lorbeerkranz nach rechts. Rv. Gekrönter Adler auf Fahnen und Waffen, darüber die Jahreszahl 1776, im Abschnitt Münzzeichen A. Sehr seltener Typ. Sehr schön. Rand leicht bearbeitet. (kingdom of Prussia, Frederick II, 1740-86, double frederick d'or of 1776, Berlin mint, old bust. Obverse: bare, laureate bust to right; reverse: crowned eagle rising over piled arms, mintmark dividing date below. Very rare type, Very fine, Edge slightly tooled.)"
This type was struck in Berlin 1776 only and accompanied the much more common single friedrichs d'or (Fr-2411). It traded for ten 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. Having established Prussia as a major power, he eschewed further wars of aggression.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.36 g, .903 fine gold, this specimen 13.24 g.

Catalog reference: Olding 433, Kluge 110, Fr-2410, KM 334.

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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