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Germany Bavaria 2 Thaler (3 1/2 Gulden)  1839
Germany Bavaria 2 Thaler (3 1/2 Gulden) 1839

You don't see coins like these being made anymore. Now THAT'S a design - big, bold and beautiful! These huge silver coins dual-denominated as 2 thalers, or 3½ gulden, were struck for just a single year in the old German state of 'Bayern', or Bavaria as it's known in English.

Reitersäule means 'rider column'. The coin commemorates the construction of a large equestrian statue of Maximilian I. The statue was made by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen and still stands today on the Wittelsbacherplatz in Munich. Catalog values are quite respectable, as listed below:

worn: $75 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $175
well preserved: $300
fully uncirculated: $500

CoinQuest thanks Goldberg Coins and Collectibles for use of their coin photo. This specimen sold for $450 in a 2005 auction.

Lightly damaged coins are worth about one third of the above values, while severely damaged coins will be worth around $30 or so. Please read our Important Terminology page found at the top left in order to properly interpret the catalog values used on this page.

Coin: 17120 , Genre: Central Europe North South
Requested by: Denisimo, Sat, 31-May-2014 02:20:09 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 31-May-2014 13:39:21 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Tue, 17-May-2016 13:43:35 GMT
Requester description: 1839 obv:LUDWIG I KOENIG VON BAYERN rev:REITERSAULE MAXIMILIAN'S I CHURFURSTEN V. BAYERN, ERRICHTET V. KONIG LUDWIG I edge lettered 36.97 gram
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