Austria 1857-A thaler Dav-21

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Sincona sale 20, lot 3219
Sincona sale 23, lot 3057
This specimen was lot 3219 in Sincona sale 20 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 100 (about US$125 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted, "Vereinstaler 1857. Wien. Fast vorzüglich-vorzüglich. (union thaler of 1857, Vienna mint, choice extremely fine.)" The second specimen was lot 3057 in Sincona sale 23 (Zurich, May 2015), where it sold for 80 CHF (about US$101 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"RDR/ÖSTERREICH, Franz Joseph I. 1848-1916 Vereinstaler 1857. Wien. Fast vorzüglich-vorzüglich. (Austrian empire, Francis Joseph (1848-1916), union thaler of 1857, Vienna mint, extremely fine.)"
This type was struck 1857-65 and was the first type struck to the vereinsthaler standard (18.52 g, .900 fine). The 1857-A is common. After 1867, Bismarck forced Austria out of German affairs and the Hapsburgs thereafter had little reason to conform to German monetary conventions. The thaler was dropped after 1868 and in 1892 the corona was adopted. This type was struck at Vienna, Kremnitz, Milan and Venice 1858-64 tho only the Vienna issues are common. Venice, long an independent republic, was handed to Austria by Napoleon in 1797, then taken away again in 1805, then return to them after his fall in 1815. The Austrians held it as part of the kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia until 1866, when it became part of Italy.

Recorded mintage: 9,154,000.

Specification: 18.51 g, .900 fine silver, the first specimen 18.47 g, the second specimen 18.50 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-21; KM 2244, Kahnt 352. Jl. 312.


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  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Numismatic Coins & Medals: Auction 20, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2014.
  • [2]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 23, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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