Besancon 1642 1/2 thaler

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from the Stack's Bowers 2019 NYINC sale, lot 42881
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This specimen was lot 42881 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), where it sold for $408. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. Besancon. 1/2 Taler, 1642. NGC EF-45. Seemingly conservatively graded with a touch of central softness due to strike, but bright luster remaining in the fields that suggests a higher grade. From the Collection of Dr. James Eustace Bizzell, II." Altho today Besançon is part of France, being the chief city of the Franche-Comte, in 1642 it was part of the Holy Roman Empire. It was incorporated into France in 1678. French coins struck there bear the mintmark "CC". This type was struck 1642-45. The lucky winner of this lot paid a fraction of the catalog value.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, 35 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-28.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, Matt Orsini and Cris Chatigny, The January 2019 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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