Saxony 1820-IGS thaler Dav-857

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Ponterio sale 177, lot 34727
Saxony 1820 thaler rev P177-34727.jpg

This specimen was lot 34727 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $764. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. Saxony. Taler, 1820-IGS. NGC MS-64. Toned." There are two different Saxon thalers dated 1820. This one is the convention thaler. The mining thaler for 1820 (Dav-858) is quite scarce. In 1871, with the successful conclusion of the Franco-Prussian War, the currency was reformed to use pfennig and marks and the taler was dropped, tho it remained legal tender at three mark.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 28.06 g, .833 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM-1077, Davenport-857.


  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.

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