Brandenburg-Ansbach 1539 thaler Dav-8967

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 23987
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23987 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $2,010. The catalog description[1] noted, "Brandenburg-Franconia. Georg and Albrecht II Taler 1539, MS63 NGC, sharply detailed with light toning and some tiny flan flaws. A singular example of this issue of the Franconian branch of the Hohenzollerns." We have filed this under Brandenburg-Ansbach, as it was made there, but this issue is actually a joint issue of the Ansbach and Bayreuth lines. The Margravate of Brandenburg-Ansbach was ruled by the senior branch of the Hohenzollerns until the time of Napoleon, who confiscated it and awarded it to Bavaria.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: KM-MB33, Dav-8967.


  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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