Bohemia 1620 24 kreuzer KM-237

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Sincona sale 43, lot 2997
This specimen was lot 2997 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 450 CHF (aboout US$537 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"TSCHECHIEN | Böhmen, Friedrich V. von der Pfalz (Winterkönig), 1619-1622 Kipper-24 Kreuzer 1620. Prag. Selten in dieser Erhaltung. Fast vorzüglich. Leichte Prägeschwächen. (kingdom of Bohemia, Frederick V of the Palatinate, the "Winter King", 1619-22, kipper 24 kreuzer of 1620, Prague mint. Rare in this condition, About extremely fine, Slightly weakly struck.)"
Kipper 24 kreuzer were struck at Kuttenberg, Prague and Joachimsthal for the Protestant Frederick V. Altho nominally a one-third thaler, it is too light and is probably debased as well, being an inflationary issue (1620-24) of the Thirty Years War, along with six, 15, 48, 30, 60, 75, 120, 150 and 300 groschen. Once the kipper period was over, there was a concerted effort to recall and melt down the debased issues, accounting for their rarity today. Among the 24 kreuzer for 1620 are KM-228 (Joachimsthal); -239 (Joachimsthal); -242 (Joachimsthal); -227 (Kuttenberg); -238 (Kuttenberg); -241 (Kuttenberg); -243 (Kuttenberg); -226 (Prague); -237 (Prague mint, shown here); -240 (Prague).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 7.59 g.

Catalog reference: Dietiker 580. Herinek 29, KM 256.

Source:

  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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