Poland 1793 thaler Dav-1622
This specimen was lot 1457 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $2,232.50. The catalog description noted, "POLAND. Medallic Taler, 1793. Stanislaus Augustus (1764-95). NGC EF Details--Surface Hairlines. Convention of Targowitz. Large letters. Lightly toned." The kingdom of Poland, weakened by the devastation of the Great Northern War (1700-21), fell under the domination of her neighbors, Prussia, Russia and Austria. Stanislas Poniatowski, a former lover of Catherine the Great, was installed as her puppet king on the death of the Saxon August III. When he proved to be insufficiently pliant, the partitions began. In three slices, in 1772, 1793 and 1795, the entire state was devoured. Even then, Stanislas could not rally the greedy and selfish Polish nobility to defend the country.
Recorded mintage: 1,699.
Specification: 28.07 g, .833 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Dav-1622, KM-214; Parchimowicz-1232.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.