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Saxony, Friedrich August I. 1806-1827, Konv.-Taler 1816 AKS 12, Dav. 854, Kahnt 417; Thun 293
regent: Friedrich August I, 1806-1827
preservation: attractive, fine exemplar
This coin is something really special for people interested in the kingdom of saxony and the battle of the nations. The convention-thaler from 1816 was also accepted as currency in other parts of the german federation of states. It shows the saxonian coat of arms on the backside and the first saxonian king Friedrich August I. on the obverse side.
In the year 1806 after the prussian and saxonian defeat in the battle of Jena and Auerstedt in the 3rd napoleonic war, he switched sides and allied with napoleon cause the former ally abandonned him. In the following peace negotiations, saxony became a kingdom and he was elceted as the first king. In this position Friedrich August I. got captured by the prussians during the chaos of the battle of the nations. In the following congress of vienna he lost half of saxony in territory and in people. In despite of this he was kindly regarded by the population when he returned to his throne in 1816.
The regent is nowadays wrongly beheld as a weak king, cause he managed to balance between two superior forces, keeping saxony apart in territory and mantaining its self-government. His traces can be found in many places in saxony, e.g. as a monument in the Dresdner Zwinger Palace and as eponym of the Augustplatz in Leipzig.
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