Basel 1793-H thaler Dav-1756

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Sincoan sale 18, lot 3303
This specimen was lot 3303 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Taler 1793. Basilisk nach rechts blickend. Seltenere Variante. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (canton of Basel, thaler of 1793, basilisk facing right, rare variety, very fine to extremely fine.)"
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 scarcer. The other thaler for 1793 (Dav-1757) is much more available.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 25.68 g.

Catalog reference: D.T. 748, HMZ 2-99j. KM 184, Dav-1756.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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