Basel 1741 thaler Dav-1750

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UBS sale 83, lot 2594
This specimen was lot 2594 in UBS sale 83 (Zurich, September 2009) where it sold for CHF 750 ($862 including buyer's fee). The catalog description noted,
"Taler 1741. Kl. Schrötlingsf., sonst vorzüglich-FDC," (Basel 1741 thaler, AU-uncirculated).
The mythical creature on the reverse is a basilisk, the badge of the city of Basel. The bishopric of Basel, which surrounded the town, also struck coins, mostly conventional portrait types. The city, however, struck a series of spectacular "city view" thalers, of which this type is among the more available. This type is accompanied by a very rare double thaler (KM 150) and several half thalers, including KM-147.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 27,30 g.

Catalog reference: D.T. 743, Wint. 109, HMZ 2-99c, KM 149, Davenport 1750.


  • 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.

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