Reuss-Schleiz 1868-A thaler Dav-803

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40544
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC
Sincona sale 22, lot 1627
Kunker sale 263, lot 1145
Reuss in 1789
The first specimen was lot 40544 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. Reuss-Schleiz. Taler, 1868-A. NGC PROOF-64. Lightly toned. From the Demarete Collection." The second specimen was lot 1627 in Sincona sale 22 (Zurich, May 2015), where it sold for 140 CHF (about US$176 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Reuss, Jüngere Linie (Schleiz), Heinrich XIV. 1867-1913 Vereinstaler 1868. Berlin Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (Germany, duchy of Reuss-Schleiz, Henry XIV (1867-1913), union thaler of 1868, Berlin mint, very fine to extremely fine.)"
The third specimen was lot 1145 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €360 (about US$465 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[3] noted,
"REUSS-SCHLEIZ, FÜRSTENTUM Heinrich XIV. 1867-1913. Vereinstaler 1868. AKS 41; Dav-803; Kahnt 409; Thun 288. Herrliche Patina, vorzüglich +. (Germany, principality of Reuss-Schleiz, Henry XIV, 1867-1913, union thaler of 1868, strong toning, extremely fine or better.)"
Reuss was one of the splinter states of Saxon Thuringia and itself underwent several divisions. Many rulers were named Heinrich and several lines consolidated their numbering, resulting in this prince becoming Heinrich the fourteenth. Reuss-Schleiz was the only line to survive into the unified empire. This type is fairly common and was the last issue from this state before unification.

Recorded mintage: 14,500.

Specification: 18.52 g, .900 fine silver, the second specimen 18.39 g.

Catalog reference: Kahnt 409. Thun 288, Dav-803; KM-77.


  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.
  • [2]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Collection Fumatori, Auction 22, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.
  • [3]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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