Bavaria 1792-IVS 1/2 thaler

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Heritage sale 3040, lot 32224
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 32224 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it sold for $540.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Bavaria. Karl Theodor 1/2 Taler 1792 AU55 NGC, Struck as a Vicariat issue upon the death of Emperor Leopold II. Ex. Ernst Otto Horn Collection." Charles Theodore became duke of Bavaria in 1777, uniting the two branches of the Wittelsbach dynasty. The Pfalz, or Palatinate, was occupied and annexed to France in 1799 and was not returned to Bavaria until the Congress of Vienna. The Electorate was abolished and Pfalz was merely another province of Bavaria, whose ruler was promoted to king. This type was struck 1792 while the elector was temporarily Vicar of the Empire on the death of emperor Leopold II.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: 14.03 g, .833 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 606, (previous KM284).


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3040, featuring the Santa Maria, the Alan Dean and the Valley View Life Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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