Bohemia 1554 thaler Dav-8049

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Jean Elsen sale 122, lot 747
Austria 1554 thaler rev JElsen 122-747.jpg
Kunker sale 263, lot 1464
The first specimen was lot 747 in Jean Elsen sale 122 (Brussels, September 2014), where it sold for €340 (about US$521 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SAINT EMPIRE, Ferdinand Ier (1521-1564), AR Taler, 1554, Kuttenberg. Droit: B. cour. et cuirassé à droite, tenant un sceptre sur l'épaule et un globe crucigère. La date dans le champ. Revers: Aigle éployée, tête à gauche, portant l'écu écartelé de Bohême-Hongrie. Nettoyé. presque Très Beau. (Holy Roman Empire, Ferdinand I (1521-64), silver thaler of 1554, Kuttenberg mint. Obverse: crowned and armored bust to right, bearing a sceptre and globus cruciger, date in field; reverse: eagle displayed, head to left, bearing the quartered arms of Bohemia-Hungary. Cleaned, about very fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 1464 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabruck, June 2015), where it sold for €380 (about US$491 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Ferdinand I. 1522-1558-1564. Taler 1554, Kuttenberg. Münzmeister Pavel Podivický und Matej Lidl. RR Sehr schön. (Holy Roman Empire, Ferdinand I, 1558-64, thaler of 1554, Kuttenberg mint, mint masters Pavel Podivický and Matej Lidl. Rare, very fine.)"
This particular type is a very early thaler; the joachimsthaler is the ancestor of our dollar.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, the first specimen 28,41 g.

Catalog reference: Halacka 42; Voglh. 52 II, Dietiker, 144; Dav-8049.


  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • [1]Philippe Elsen et al., Vente Publique 122: Collection de monnaies chinoises, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S. A., 2014.
  • [2]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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