1871 Prussia 1 Thaler Silver Circulated

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One-Year-Only 1871 Prussian Silver Thaler Commemorates Birth of the German Empire

Vintage European silver coinage can be few and far between these days. Finding even a small hoard becomes more difficult with each passing year. So, it was incredibly lucky that we managed to come across this unique Prussian Silver Thaler, a low-mintage, one-year-only issue from German Empire’s most prominent and influential state that was released during the pivotal Unification of Germany in 1871.

Struck in 90% silver at the Berlin Mint, the coin features a portrait of Wilhelm I, King of Prussia and the first German Emperor. He began his reign in Prussia in 1861 and was crowned German Emperor in 1871 – the same year this coin was struck. Wilhelm held both titles until his death in 1888. He survived two assassination attempts during his reign, and upon his death he was succeeded by his son Frederick III, who reigned for just 99 days before giving way to his son, Kaiser Wilhelm II.

About the same size as a U.S. half dollar, this 148-year-old coin was released to commemorate the German States’ victory over France in the Franco-Prussian War, a conflict that marked the downfall of Napoleon III and the end of the second French Empire and brought about the final unification of the German Empire. The coin’s reverse features a crowned seated figure holding a sword with the words SIEGES THALER, which translates to “Victory Thaler” or quite literally “Victory Dollar.” The figure is so beautifully struck that it almost appears to be levitating, an astute design for the rising power of Germany throughout Europe at that time.

Just 880,000 of these beautiful silver coins were ever struck. That’s a relatively small mintage, especially when you compare it to the 3.5 million U.S. Half Dollars that were struck that same year. Just how many of these one-year-only commemorative Thalers still survive is anyone’s guess, so hurry and secure yours now!

  • SCARCE, ONE-YEAR-ONLY COMMEMORATIVE COIN – This coin was struck as a one-year-only commemorative to pay tribute to Prussia’s victory over France in the Franco-Prussian War. It features Wilhelm I on the obverse and a seated figure with a victory sword on the reverse. Vintage European coins like this are scarce and hard-to-find today.
  • STRUCK IN HIGHLY PURE SILVER – Each coin was struck in .5359 ounces of highly pure 90% fine silver.
  • LEGAL-TENDER COINAGE – These coins were 1 Thaler legal tender.
  • NICE CIRCULATED CONDITION – Your 1871 Prussia Silver 1 Thaler coin comes in Circulated condition with nice eye appeal.
  • LOW MINTAGE – The mintage for this coin was 880,000. Compared to the similar-sized U.S. Half Dollar of 1871 that had a mintage of 3.5 million, and this mintage is relatively small – and no one knows how many have survived.

This is your chance to get one of the most historic European silver coins struck during the later half of the 19th Century. Add this scarce, one-year-only commemorative to your collection today!

Year of Issue 1871
Country United States
Composition Silver
Purity 0.9000
Condition Circulated
Denomination 1.00
Currency Type Thaler
Coin Weight 18.52 grams -g
Dimensions 31mm