Austria 1767-ICSK thaler Dav-1115

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Jean Elsen sale 117, lot 1720
Austria 1767 thaler rev JElsen 117-1720.jpg
Kunker sale 263, lot 1537
The first specimen was lot 1720 in Jean Elsen sale 117 (Brussels, June 2013), where it sold for €140 (about US$221 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SAINT EMPIRE, Marie-Thérèse (1740-1780), AR Taler, 1767 IC-SK, Vienne. Droit: B. voilé et diad. à droite. Revers: Aigle impériale couronnée. Très Beau. (Austria, Maria Theresia (1740-80), silver thaler of 1767, Vienna mint. Obverse: veiled and diademed bust to right; reverse: imperial eagle displayed. Very fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 1537 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabruck, June 2015), where it sold for €300 (about US$388 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Maria Theresia, 1740-1780. Konv.-Taler 1767, IC-SK, Wien. Attraktives Exemplar mit feiner Patina, Justierungsspuren, vorzüglich. (Holy Roman Empire, Maria Theresia, 1740-80, convention thaler of 1767, Vienna mint. Attractive, toned, adjustment marks, 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 1767-72 from the Vienna mint and is common.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 28.06 g, .833 fine silver, the first specimen 27.98 g.

Catalog reference: KM 1849, Dav-1115, Her-422; Eypeltauer, 189.


  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 117: Collection Jean-Jacques Symoens, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2013.
  • [2]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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