Austria 1758-HA 1/2 thaler
This specimen was lot 6050 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRIA. 1/2 Taler, 1758-HA. Hall Mint. Franz I (1745-65). NGC MS-63. Slight weakness to center of strike. Covered with attractive multi-hued toning highlighted by flashing luster in outer peripheries lighting up electric blue coloring." This type was struck 1751-65 at GR (Graz), KB (Kremnitz), WI (Vienna), CA (Karlsburg), HA (Hall, shown here) and is common. Francis of Lorraine was made Holy Roman Emperor in 1745 but his wife, Maria Theresia of Austria, was the real power.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 14.03 g, .833 fine silver, .375 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM-2036.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2017 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Richard Stuart Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.