Austria 1728-Graz thaler Dav-1040

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Aureo sale 261, lot 277
This specimen was lot 277 in Aureo sale 261 (Barcelona, July 2014), where it sold for €295 (about US$473 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1728. Carlos III, Pretendiente. Graz. 1 taler. Escasa. MBC. (Charles III, pretender, thaler of 1728, Graz mint. Scarce, very fine.)"
This type was struck 1723 and 1728-29 and is fairly common. Similar types were issued by Hall, Vienna, Breslau and St. Veit. Charles was the younger brother of Joseph I and was not expected to inherit the imperial throne. Being unemployed, he was put forward as the rival candidate of Philip V for the Spanish crown. His brother's unexpected death in 1711 made him the Holy Roman Emperor and his anti-French allies quickly lost interest in placing him on the Spanish throne.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-1040; KM-1610.1 (formerly KM 505.1).


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  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
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  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Pública 261, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2014.

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