Saxony 1857-B 2 thaler Dav-996
This specimen was lot 20631 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $2,640. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Saxony. 2 Talers Off Metal Strike, 1857-B. NGC MS-63. Freiberg University of Mining and Technology. Struck in tin. Bust of Johann left with 'B' below; Reverse: 'DEM FLEISSE', with mining symbol below, within oak wreath, date below. Featuring a razor sharp strike and bright mirrored fields. VERY RARE." This type is a prize thaler given for academic achievement and not intended to circulate. It is listed in Davenport in his section on "pseudo-thalers".
Recorded mintage: 206.
Specification: 37.12 g, .900 fine silver, 1.074 troy oz.
Catalog reference: Dav-996; KM-1194.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.