Austria 1745 1/4 thaler

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Sincona sale 47, lot 2091
This specimen was lot 2091 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 120 CHF (about US$144 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Heiliges Romisch Reich, Maria Theresia, 1740-1780. Vierteltaler 1745, Hall. Vorzüglich-FDC. (Holy Roman Empire, Austria, Maria Theresia, 1740-80, quarter thaler of 1745, Hall mint. Extremely fine-uncirculated.)"
This type of 1742-45 is the last issue of this denomination at this weight standard. After this, the thaler was reduced from 28.82 g, .875 fine silver to 28.06 silver, .833 fine silver. In the opening years of Maria Theresia's reign, she was fighting Frederick the Great's conquest of Silesia and revolt in Hungary.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 7.20 g, .875 fine silver, .202 troy oz ASW, this specimen 7.20 g.

Catalog reference: Moser/Tursky 922, KM-1695.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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