Saxony 1872-B 2 thalers Dav-899
This specimen was lot 10353 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $705. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Saxony. 2 Taler, 1872-B. Lettered edge. Struck for the golden wedding anniversary of Johann and Amelie. Lustrous and attractive. PCGS MS-64 Secure Holder." This double thaler was struck in the kingdom of Saxony in 1872, after the issue of double thalers was supposed to cease. Most double thalers are rare but this type is fairly common, coming from a silver-producing state. A rare variety exists with a plain edge. Johann was king of Saxony 1854-73. Saxon coinage, after a thousand years of minting, ceased in 1918 with the collapse of the second Reich.
Recorded mintage: 49,000.
Specification: 37.12 g, .900 fine silver, edge lettered "XV EIN PFUND FEIN."
Catalog reference: Dav-899; KM-1231.1.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.