Townsend G. writes: I am looking to find information on a coin… on one side it says “FRID AUGUST:D:G:DUX SAX:ELECTOR the other side says X EINE MARCK F: then on the bottom it says I.E.C. 1780 can anyone help me find information on this? Thank you.
You have a 1780 Thaler (pronounced like “dollar” with a “T”) from The German State, Saxony. The obverse features the bust of King Fridreich August III, the abbreviated Latin legend, FRID AUGUST:D:G:DUX SAX:ELECTOR (Fridreich August by the Grace of G-d Duke of Saxony Elector), is around. The reverse shows a crowned shield of arms, X. EINE MARCK F., around. The date 1780 is below in exergue and the initials of the Mintmaster of the Dresden Mint, I.E.C.(Johann Ersnst Croll, 1779-1804) are above.
Value depends on grade (condition). Approximate value range: $25 – $250+.