Bohemia 1620 48 kreuzer KM-256

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Sincona sale 43, lot 2993
This specimen was lot 2993 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 350 CHF (aboout US$418 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"TSCHECHIEN | Böhmen, Friedrich V. von der Pfalz (Winterkönig), 1619-1622 Kipper-48 Kreuzer 1620. Kuttenberg. Selten. Sehr schön. (kingdom of Bohemia, Frederick V of the Palatinate, the "Winter King", 1619-22, kipper 48 kreuzer of 1620, Kuttenberg mint. Rare, Very fine.)"
Kipper 48 kreuzer were struck at Kuttenberg, Prague and Joachimsthal for the Protestant Frederick V and the Hapsburg Ferdinand II. Altho nominally a two-thirds 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, 24, 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.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 15.02 g.

Catalog reference: Dietiker 593. Herinek 19 a, KM 256.


  • [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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