Basel 1756 thaler Dav-1751
"Taler 1756. Wie üblich in der Mitte flau geprägt, sonst fast FDC mit attraktiver Patina," (Basel 1756 thaler, nice uncirculated with attractive patina).The mythical creature on the reverse is a basilisk. 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 thaler (KM 158) with a different reverse, where the basilisk's head points to the right.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: silver, this specimen 25,98 g.
Catalog reference: D.T. 744, Wint. 110, HMZ 2-99d, KM 157, Davenport 1751.
- 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.