Prussia 1778-B friedrichs d'or Fr-2412

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Sincona sale 46, lot 168
This specimen was lot 168 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Brandenburg/Prussia, Friedrich II. 1740-1786. Friedrichs dor 1778 B, Breslau. Greisenantlitz. Nackte Büste mit Lorbeerkranz nach rechts. Rv. Gekrönter Adler auf Fahnen und Waffen, darüber die Jahreszahl 1778, im Abschnitt Münzzeichen B. Fehlte in der Slg. Killisch von Horn. Äusserst seltener Jahrgang. Gutes sehr schön. (kingdom of Prussia, Frederick II, 1740-86, frederick d'or of 1778, Breslau mint, old bust. Obverse: bare, laureate bust to right; reverse: crowned eagle rising over piled arms, mintmark dividing date below. Extremely rare date, Good very fine.)"
This type was struck in Berlin (Fr-2411) and in Breslau (shown here) 1775-86. It traded for five thalers. Double friedrichs d'or (Fr-2410) also exist. Frederick the Great emerged victorious from the Seven Years War but it was a very near thing, with only the death of the empress Elizabeth in 1761 saving Prussia from utter destruction. Having established Prussia as a major power, he eschewed further wars of aggression.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.65 g, .903 fine gold, this specimen 6.64 g.

Catalog reference: Olding 440. Kluge 115.3. Fr-2412, KM 1005a (listed under Silesia).


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 46, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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