Saxony 1868-B thaler Dav-897
This specimen was lot 2501 in Sincona sale 20 (Zurich, October 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Vereinstaler 1868. Dresden Ausbeute. Vorzüglich. (union thaler of 1868, Dresden mint, for the mines, extremely fine.)" We have included the Davenport number in the title of this page as there are two different Saxon thalers dated 1868. This one is the mining thaler. The regular thaler of 1868 is also common. In 1871, with the successful conclusion of the Franco-Prussian War, the currency was reformed to use pfennig and marks and the thaler was dropped, tho it remained legal tender at three mark.
Recorded mintage: 181,000.
Specification: 18.52 g, .900 fine silver, this specimen 18.52 g.
Catalog reference: Kahnt 472. Thun 350, KM 1223, Dav-897.
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