Wurzbach-6238 variety, struck in Prussia ca. 1774 to honor Moses Mendelssohn, founder of the Haskala movement and author of PHÆDON published in that year. Dies by I. Abraham. Silver, 43mm. Late Die State with the cud above the P.
And this is a striking piece with an image of a Butterfly perched on an anatomically correct human Skull symbolizing the immortality of the soul on one side, and a portrait of Mendelssohn on the other.
And this is the highest graded example we’ve ever offered or seen, lustrous, with old toning on the obverse and reverse.
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Coin #: 545368 | Cert. #: 28498864