Bamberg 1693-GFN thaler Dav-5064

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photo courtesy Stack's Bowers
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers

This specimen was struck for the Bishopric of Bamberg in 1693. Bamberg thalers are generally rare but this one is scarce even as Bamberg thalers go. "Sede vacante" ("vacant seat") thalers were struck in the interval between the death of the old bishop and the consecration of his replacement. This specimen was lot 1509 in Stack's Coin Galleries sale (Irvine, July 2011), where it sold for $1,155.75. The catalog description noted, "GERMAN STATES. Bamberg. Taler, 1693-GFN. Sede Vacante (1693). Sumptuously robed Emperor Heinrich II enthroned, struck by the Cathedral Chapter in the interregnum between Bishops. Rv. Lion rampant with bar dexter, INSIGNIA PRINCIPATVS BAMBERGENSIS. Powerful design is highlighted by a careful strike and deep gray toning. EXTREMELY FINE."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: KM-82; Dav-5064.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Van Valen, Frank, and Vicken Yegparian, The July 2011 Coin Galleries Sale, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers Galleries, 2011.

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