Prussia 1861-A thaler Dav-778

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UBS sale 85, lot 262
Sincona sale 4, lot 4338
The first specimen was lot 262 in UBS sale 85 (Zurich, September 2010), where it sold for 65 CHF (about US$74 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND, Brandenburg-Preussen, Markgrafschaft, 1417 Kurfürstentum, 1701 Königreich, Wilhelm I. 1861-1888 Vereinstaler 1861, Berlin. Krönungstaler. Fast FDC." (kingdom of Prussia, William I, 1861-88, vereinsthaler of 1861, Berlin mint, on the coronation of the new king and queen. Nice Uncirculated.)
The second specimen was lot 4338 in Sincona sale 4 (Zurich, October 2011) where it sold for 160 CHF (about US$213 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND Brandenburg-Preussen, 1701 Königreich Wilhelm I. 1861-1888. Vereinstaler 1861. Krönungstaler. Fast FDC. (kingdom of Prussia, William I, 1861-88, vereinsthaler of 1861, on the coronation of the new king and queen. Nice Uncirculated.)."
This coronation commemorative was issued in large numbers and saved. It is today among the most readily available of all Prussian thalers, more so than the other 1861 issues (KM 471, KM 472, KM 490 and KM 489). Queen Augusta was a daughter of Queen Victoria.

Recorded mintage: 1,000,000.

Specification: 18.52 g, .900 fine silver, the first specimen 18,52 g, the second 18,51 g.

Catalog reference: Kahnt 385, Thun 265, Dav-778, KM 488.


  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]UBS Auction 85: Gold and Silver Coins, Zurich: UBS AG, 2010.
  • [2]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes: Auction 4, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2011.

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