Saxony 1836-G thaler Dav-870

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Goldberg sale 65, lot 4740
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4740 in Goldberg sale 65 (Los Angeles, September 2011), where it sold for $172.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "German States - Saxony. Taler, 1836-G. Death of King Anton. Cleaned. Extremely Fine." We have included the Davenport number in the title of this page as there are at least six different Saxon thalers dated 1836. This one was issued to mark the death of the king. Despite the low mintage, it is the most available type for the year. 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: 12,000.

Specification: 28.06 g, .833 fine silver, .752 troy oz ASW, lettered edge.

Catalog reference: Dav-870; KM-1139. Thun-315.


  • 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]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 65: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins," Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2011.

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