Prussia 1869-A thaler Dav-782
This specimen was lot 34717 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $223. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Prussia. Taler, 1869-A. PCGS MS-63. Lustrous with partial light toning. Old green holder." This specimen is one of a type struck at the Berlin, Breslau and Cleve mints 1864-71. Despite the enormous mintage it is not frequently seen in the United States though it is not rare. This bust of Wilhelm, king of Prussia, appears on ½ silbergroschen (KM 484), 1 silbergroschen (KM 485), 2½ silbergroschen (KM 486), 1/6 thaler (KM 487), 2 thalers (KM 491), ½ krone (gold, KM 493) and krone (gold, KM 492). In 1871, with the successful conclusion of the Franco-Prussian War, 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: 3,630,189.
Specification: 18.52 g, .900 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-494, Davenport-782.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.