Prussia 1776-A thaler Dav-2590

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Sincona sale 4, lot 4327
Sincona sale 6, lot 594
The first specimen was lot 4327 in Sincona sale 4 (Zurich, October 2011) where it sold for 130 CHF (about US$173 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND Brandenburg-Preussen, 1701 Königreich Friedrich II. 1740-1786. Taler 1776. Belorbeertes Brustbild nach rechts. Rv. Gekrönter Adler auf Waffen. Sehr schön. (Kingdom of Prussia, Frederick II, 1740-86, thaler of 1776. Obverse: laureate bust to right; reverse: crowned eagle perches on weapons)."
The second specimen was lot 594 in Sincona sale 6 (Zurich, May 2012) where it sold for 275 CHF (about US$338 including buyer's fees). This type was struck at Berlin (shown here), Breslau and Konigsberg 1775-86. These coins saw hard use and are frequently found heavily worn. As they were only .750 fine, they were spent and the issues of other principalities hoarded.

Recorded mintage: 391,746.

Specification: 22.27 g, .750 fine silver, .537 troy oz AGW, this specimen 21,82 g.

Catalog reference: von Schrötter 462, Olding 70, Dav-2590, KM 333.


  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes: Auction 4, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2011.
  • Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.

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