Saxony 1837-G thaler Dav-872A

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Ponterio sale 164, lot 2436
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 2436 in Ponterio sale 164 (New York, January 2012), where it sold for $488.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. Saxony. Taler, 1838-G. Lightly cleaned, ALMOST UNCIRCULATED." We have included the Davenport number in the title of this page as there are at least three different Saxon thalers dated 1837. The Ponterio catalog, normally reliable, erred on the date and KM number on this lot. This one is noted as a Convention thaler. 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: 94,000.

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

Catalog reference: KM-1142, Dav-872A.

Source:

  • 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.
  • Krause, Chester L, and Clifford Mishler, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 3rd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1996.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 164: The January 2012 N.Y.I.N.C. Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2011.

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