Austria 1641/39-Graz 2 thaler Dav-A3186
Austria while Ferdinand III was emperor. This specimen was lot 1197 in Jean Elsen sale 108 (Brussels, March 2011) where it sold for 1,300 euros ($2,136 including buyer's fee). The catalog description noted,
"SAINT EMPIRE, Ferdinand III (1637-1657), AR double Taler, 1641 (sur 1639), Graz. Sur flan large. Pour la Styrie. Droit : B. l., drapé et cuirassé à droite. Revers : Grand écu ovale couronné, entouré du collier de la Toison d'or. Rare. Très Beau" (Holy Roman Empire, Ferdinand III, 1637-57, silver double thaler of 1641, Graz mint. Struck for Styria. Obverse: laureate, armored bust to right; reverse: large oval crowned arms, Order of the Golden Fleece around. Rare, very fine.)The type was struck 1639 and 1641 only and is expensive.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: silver, this specimen 58.00 grams.
Catalog reference: Her-341; KM 876.1, Davenport A3186.
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