Prussia 1851-A 2 thaler Dav-771

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Künker sale 293, lot 405
This specimen was lot 405 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €260 (about US$351 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"PREUSSEN, KÖNIGREICH Friedrich Wilhelm IV. 1840-1861. Vereinsdoppeltaler 1851, A. Vorzüglich +. (kingdom of Prussia, Frederick William IV, 1840-61, double union thaler of 1851, extremely fine or better.)"
This specimen is one of a type struck at the Berlin mint 1843-51, during the reign of Freidrich Wilhelm IV (1840-61). Despite the large mintage it is not frequently seen in the United States though it is not rare for a double thaler. 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 pfennigs and marks and the taler was dropped, tho it remained legal tender at three mark.

Recorded mintage: 378,546.

Specification: 37.11 g, .900 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-771; AKS 69; Kahnt 382; Thun 258; Old. 302, KM 440.2.


  • 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.
  • [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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