Saxony 1779-IEC 10 thaler Fr-2874

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3813
This specimen was lot 3813 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €12,000 (about US$15,502 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SACHSEN, KURFÜRSTENTUM Friedrich August III. (I.), 1763-1806-1827. 10 Taler (Doppelter August d'or) 1779, Dresden. Geharnischtes Brustbild r. mit umgelegtem Mantel und Ordensband//Zwei aneinandergelehnte, lorbeerumwundene Wappenschilde, darüber Kurhut, unten die Signatur I . E . C . (Johann Ernst Croll, Münzmeister in Dresden 1779-1804). GOLD. Sehr selten, besonders in dieser Erhaltung. Vorzüglich-Stempelglanz. (Germany, electorate of Saxony, Frederick August III (1763-1827), ten thaler (double august d'or) of 1779 Dresden mint. Obverse: armored and mantled bust right; reverse: two oval arms, laurel wreaths around, ducal hat above, signature below. Very rare, especially in this quality, extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
This type of 1778-79 shows the elector with a uniformed bust; a bare bust type was struck 1779-90; both are scarce to rare. The double august d'or was struck to the same standard as the Prussian double friedrichs d'or.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: 13.36 g, .903 fine gold, .387 troy oz AGW, this specimen 13.31 g.

Catalog reference: Buck 165; Fr-2874, KM 1003.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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