Basel 1756 thaler Dav-1751

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UBS sale 83, lot 2595
This specimen was lot 2595 in UBS sale 83 (Zurich, September 2009) where it sold for CHF 750 ($862 including buyer's fee). The catalog description noted,
"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.

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