Prussia 1797 thaler Dav-2601

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Künker sale 293, lot 375
This specimen was lot 375 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €2,000 (about US$2,696 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"PREUSSEN, KÖNIGREICH Friedrich Wilhelm II. 1786-1797. Albertustaler (Bancotaler) 1797, Berlin. Handelsmünze. R Nur 1.050 Exemplare geprägt. Sehr schön. Ähnlich wie der unter Friedrich dem Großen geprägte Albertustaler war auch der vorliegende Münztyp vorwiegend für den Handel mit osteuropäischen Staaten bestimmt. Die geringere Ausprägung zeigt jedoch, daß der Albertustaler zu keiner praktischen Bedeutung gekommen ist. (kingdom of Prussia, Frederick William II, 1786-97, "Albertus thaler" of 1797, Berlin mint. Only 1,050 examples struck. Very fine. Similar to the Albertustaler, which was coined under Frederick the Great, the present type of coin was mainly intended for trade with Eastern European states. The tiny mintage shows, however, that the Albertustaler had no practical importance.)"
The Prussian thaler was too light and debased to circulate outside her boundaries. This issue may have been an experiment to create an internationally acceptable coin matching the Dutch silver ducat. It was a failure.

Recorded mintage: 1,050.

Specification: 28.06 g, .868 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-2601, J. 183; Old. 56, KM-366.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 293: Münzen aus Mittelalter und Neuzeit u. a. die westfälischen Privatsammlungen Werner Bröker und Bernd Terletzki, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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