Saxony 1831-S thaler Dav-869
This specimen was lot 40570 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,469. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Saxony. Taler, 1831. PCGS MS-65. New Constitution. Very nicely toned, choice for this issue." Friedrich August II, regent for his uncle Anton since 1830, succeeded him in 1836.
Recorded mintage: 14,000 plus 19,000 mining thalers (Dav-868) and 697,000 regular thalers (Dav-867).
Specification: 28.03 g, .833 fine silver. The thaler was reduced to 22.27 g, .750 fine in 1839 and again to 18.52 g, .900 fine in 1857.
Catalog reference: Dav-869; KM-1133.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.