Austria 1754-PR thaler Dav-1159

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Sincona sale 34, lot 4383
This specimen was lot 4383 in Sincona sale 34 (Zurich, October 2016), where it sold for 475 CHF (about US$564 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE - AUSTRIA. Franz I. 1745-1765 Taler 1754. Prag. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (Holy Roman Empire, Francis I, 1745-65, thaler of 1754, Prague mint. Very fine-extremely fine.)"
On the death of Charles VI in 1740, the redoubtable Maria Theresia was crowned Archduchess of Austria and queen of Hungary but, being a woman, could not be given the imperial crown. Therefore, after much debate and a war fomented by Frederick the Great of Prussia, her husband Francis of Lorraine was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 1745. This thaler was issued 1751-65 from Hall (Dav-1155), Vienna, Kremnitz (Dav-1157) and Prague (shown here), and is common.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 28.82 g, .833 fine silver, this specimen 28.11 g.

Catalog reference: Dietiker 1100. Herinek 149. Dav-1159, KM 2038.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Jürg Richter, Münzen und Medaillen des Römisch-Deutsches Reiches, Auktion 34, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2016.

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