Prussia 1841-A 2 friedrichs d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 111, lot 972
Prussia 1841 2 friedrich dor rev JElsen 111-972.jpg
This specimen was lot 972 in Jean Elsen sale 111 (Brussels, December 2011), where it sold for 1,900 euro (about US$2,923 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ALLEMAGNE, PRUSSE, Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1840-1861), AV double Friedrich d'or (10 Taler), 1841 A, presque Superbe. (Germany, Prussia, Frederick William IV (1840-61), gold double frederick d'or (10 thalers), 1841A, nearly extremely fine.)"
This type was struck in Berlin 1841-52 and is listed in the SCWC as a "frederick d'or." The last double friedrichs d'or was struck in 1855 (KM 470) and was replaced by the gold krone (KM 492, struck 1861-70), which contained about 70/83 of the gold in the previous denomination. The gold krone was in turn superseded by the gold twenty mark of the German Empire. The gold two friedrichs d'or was worth about 3½ ducats.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 13.36 g, .903 fine gold.

Catalog reference: J-113a; A.K.S., 61; Fr-2431, KM 443.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 111, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2011.

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