Solms-Laubach 1768-WWE thaler Dav-2784

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Heritage sale 3041, lot 32222
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
Solms in 1786

This specimen was lot 32222 in Heritage sale 3041 (Chicago, August 2015), where it sold for $11,750. The catalog description[1] noted, "Solms-Laubach. Christian August Taler 1768-WWE MS66+ Prooflike NGC. Simply stunning. It is extremely rare to find an 18th century taler that is a genuinely prooflike issue, and so it is quite exciting to be presenting this piece for sale. This is a coin that was very possibly some sort of presentation strike; the fields are highly reflective and lustrous, and it is clearly one of the first coins struck from freshly prepared dies, giving it its prooflike appearance. It is hard to imagine finding a finer example of this type, and it is quite possible that this specimen does indeed lack an equal." This type honors a local salt mine.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-2784; KM 32.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World & Ancient Coins Auction 3041, featuring the Eric Beckman Collection of Canadian Coins, the Kaiser Collection of German Gold Coins and the Rudman Collection of Mexican Coins, Part I, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015

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