Alsace 1604 2 thaler Dav-3031

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Sincona sale 47, lot 2015
Ensisheim in upper Alsace. The political situation is of 1477, on the collapse of the Burgundians. Upper Alsace would be ruled by the Hapsburgs until 1648 when it passed to France.
This specimen was lot 2015 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 2,000 CHF (about US$2,400 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Heiliges Romisch Reich, Rudolf II. 1576-1612. Doppeltaler 1604, Ensisheim. Vorzüglich. (Holy Roman Empire, Austria, Rudolf II, 1576-1612, double thaler of 1604, Ensisheim mint. Extremely fine.)"
This rare type is listed for 1603-04, 1607, 1609 in the SCWC under Alsace, then a Hapsburg fief. The area passed under French rule during the Thirty Years Year.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 57.18 g.

Catalog reference: Klemesch 3 a. Moser/Tursky 584. Dav-3031, KM 248.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
  • [1] Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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