This coin is a coronation thaler struck to celebrate the coronation of King Wilhelm And Queen Augusta on 18th October 1861.
Other Prussian thalers show only King Wilhelm I on the obverse but this one shows Queen Augusta as well. In total there were 1,000,000 coins minted and many were saved in celebration of the king and queen coronation which does make them a little less rare than some other coins of this era.
The coin is excellent condition for its age and has not been cleaned. Containing around a half ounce of silver it is a largish coin and quite solid to hold. A lovely addition to coins from this era and one that collectors recognize as a good investment.
Diameter: 33 mm
Weight: 18.519 grams of silver 900 / 1000
Obverse: Vilém KINGDOM AUGUSTA QUEEN V. PRUSSIA both busts in his coronation with nr, below mintmark.
Reverse: SUUM CUIQUE Coronation THALER 1861 Crowned eagle with scepter and orb, surrounded top and bottom of the crowned W, r. and l of a crowned A, between 4 R (Rex and Regina)
Edge: GOD WITH US
Wilhelm I was also known as William I and was born William Frederick Louis or in German Wilhelm Friedrich Ludwig. he lived from 22 March 1797 until 9th March 1888, a very long life by the standards of the times. he was the King of Prussia from the House of Hohenzollern and also held the titles in his lifetime of the first German Emperor as well as the first Head of State of a united Germany.
Under his leadership and working together with the Minister President Otto von Bismarck they managed to unify Prussia and Germany and thereby the German Empire.
Wilhelm was a soldier for many years and served from 1814 onwards. He fought in the Napoleonic wars against Napoleon I. He was made a Captain and was awarded the Iron Cross for his actions at Bar-sur-Aube. The war and years of fighting against France left a lifelong impression on him which caused a lifelong animosity against them.