Austria 1518 guldiner Dav-8007

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Sincona sale 18, lot 3071
This specimen was lot 3071 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 1,800 (about US$2,372 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Guldiner 1518. St. Veit. Selten. Fast sehr schön. (Austria, guldiner of 1518, St. Veit mint, rare, choice very fine.)"
In the mid-fifteenth century, large deposits of silver were discovered in the Alps and Carpathian mountains. At the same time, the screw press, originally invented to crush grapes, was adapted to minting, enabling the production of large coins. Thus the guldiner (later called the thaler) was born. This issue is among the first dated coins in Europe.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver; this specimen 26.99 g.

Catalog reference: Voglhuber 24 var. Dav-8007.


  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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