Saxony 1854-F 2 thaler Dav-874
This specimen was lot 736 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $998.75. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Saxony. 2 Taler, 1854-F. NGC MS-64. Smoky overcast tone cannot hold back the reflective underlying surfaces. Most common date of the issue, but in extraordinary condition. Combined NGC/PCGS shows pop one, with only one finer in 65." This double thaler was struck in the kingdom of Saxony 1839-54. Most double thalers are rare but this type is fairly common, coming from a silver-producing state. Friedrich August II was king of Saxony 1836-54. Saxon coinage, after a thousand years of minting, ceased in 1918 with the collapse of the second Reich.
Recorded mintage: 886,000 (highest mintage date).
Specification: 37.12 g, .900 fine silver, lettered edge.
Catalog reference: Dav-874; KM-1149.
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