Brandenburg-Ansbach 1727-V thaler Dav-1977
This specimen was lot 30809 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $4,700. The catalog description noted, "Brandenburg-Ansbach. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Taler 1727-V MS64 PCGS. A seldom-offered issue that features the portrait of Christiane Charlotte--the widow of Wilhelm Friedrich and regent for her son Karl Wilhelm Friedrich from 1723 until 1729--with the crowned arms of Brandenburg and Wurttemberg-Oels. Superbly toned, with steel-tinged fields and ebony color that has collected around the illustrations, all atop surfaces that shimmer with oil-slick iridescence. The strike is beyond impressive, rendering the margravine's portrait in high-relief format, and the reverse shields are intricately-detailed and outstanding. The only perceived imperfection on this piece comes in the form of a 'beauty mark' above her cheek. Conditionally rare at this level and a tremendous offering of the type." This rare type is one of two thalers struck in Ansbach in 1727; the other is Dav-1978. Brandenburg-Ansbach is in central Germany just north of Bavaria.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: Dav-1977; KM 159.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Davenport, John S., German Talers, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1965.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.