Prussia 1846-A thaler Dav-769

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Sincona sale 33, lot 2183
This specimen was lot 2183 in Sincona sale 33 (Zurich, October 2016), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Brandenburg / Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm IV. 1840-1861 Taler 1846. A Berlin. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (kigdom of Prussia, Frederick William IV, 1840-61, thaler of 1846, Berlin mint. Very fine-extremely fine.)"
This specimen is one of a type struck at the Berlin mint 1842-52, during the reign of Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1840-61). It is scarce. Simultaneous with this thaler was struck a "mining thaler" with a different reverse (Dav-770). 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 thaler was dropped, tho it remained legal tender at three mark.

Recorded mintage: 1,115,022.

Specification: 22.27 g, .750 fine silver, 0.537 troy oz ASW, this specimen 22.21 g.

Catalog reference: Kahnt 375. Thun 254, KM 445, Dav-769.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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]Jürg Richter, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 33, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2016.

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