Bavaria 1743 thaler Dav-1947

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Sincona sale 34, lot 4341
This specimen was lot 4341 in Sincona sale 34 (Zurich, October 2016), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE - AUSTRIA. Karl VII. 1726-1745 Taler 1743. München Stempel von Franz Andreas Schega (unsigniert). Sehr selten. Gutes sehr schön. Leicht justiert. (Holy Roman Empire, pretender Charles VII, 1726-45, thaler of 1743, Munich mint, dies by Andreas Schega (unsigned). Very rare, Good very fine, Minor adjustment marks.)"
On the death of emperor Charles VI in 1740, the elector of Bavaria made a bid for the imperial throne with French and Prussian support, launching the War of the Austrian Succession. Frederick the Great of Prussia used it as a pretext to invade and annex Silesia. Eventually, the Austrian army occupied and devastated Bavaria, forcing the elector into exile and surrendering his claim to Francis of Lorraine, who married Maria Theresia. This thaler is scarce.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 29.2 g, .833 fine silver, this specimen 29.16 g.

Catalog reference: Wittelsbach 1964. Hahn 277. Dav-1947, KM 464.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • Davenport, John S., German Talers, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1965.
  • [1]Jürg Richter, Münzen und Medaillen des Römisch-Deutsches Reiches, Auktion 34, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2016.

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