Prussia 1841-A thaler Dav-768

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Sincona sale 22, lot 1052
This specimen was lot 1052 in Sincona sale 22 (Zurich, May 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Brandenburg-Preussen, Königreich, Friedrich Wilhelm IV. 1840-1861 Taler 1841. Berlin Ausbeute. Gutes sehr schön. (kingdom of Prussia, Frederick William IV, 1840-61, thaler of 1841, Berlin mint, for the mines, good very fine.)"
This specimen is one of a type struck at the Berlin mint 1841 only, during the reign of Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1840-61). It is scarce. Simultaneous with this thaler was struck a "shield thaler" with a different reverse (KM 437). In 1871, with the successful conclusion of the Franco-Prussian War, king Wilhelm assumed the title of Emperor of Germany. The currency was reformed to use pfennig and marks and the taler was dropped, tho it remained legal tender at three mark.

Recorded mintage: 50,000.

Specification: 22.27 g, .750 fine silver, 0.537 troy oz ASW, this specimen 22.14 g.

Catalog reference: Kahnt 374. Thun 255, KM 438, Dav-768.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Collection Fumatori, Auction 22, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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