Austria 1626-Graz 3 thaler Dav-A3107

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Sincona sale 23, lot 2981
Sincona sale 33, lot 3093
The first specimen was lot 2981 in Sincona sale 23 (Zurich, May 2015), where it sold for 3,700 CHF (about US$4,648 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"RDR/ÖSTERREICH, Ferdinand II. 1618-1637 3 Taler 1626. Graz. Selten. Sehr schön. (Holy Roman Empire, Ferdinand II (1618-37), triple thaler of 1626, Graz mint, rare, very fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 3093 in Sincona sale 33 (Zurich, October 2016), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted,
"HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE - AUSTRIA. Ferdinand II. 1618-1637 3 Taler 1626/5. Graz. Sehr selten. Gutes sehr schön. Lt. bearbeitet. (Holy Roman Empire, Ferdinand II, 1618-37, triple thaler of 1626, Graz mint. Very rare, Good very fine, Slightly tooled.)"
The SCWC lists only 1625 for this massive coin, mostly likely struck for presentation. On other occasions, these coins were made and sold to local notables at inflated prices as a form of forced loan in times of emergency. These financial emergencies occurred with distressing frequency during the Thirty Years War (1618-48).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, the first specimen 89.64 g, the second specimen 85.23 g.

Catalog reference: Herinek 273, Dav-A3107, Dav-LS284, KM 647.


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  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 23, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.
  • [2]Jürg Richter, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 33, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2016.

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