Brandenburg-Bayreuth 1630 thaler Dav-6267

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Sincona sale 6, lot 585
This specimen was lot 585 in Sincona sale 6 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 1,050 CHF (about US$1,292 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND Brandenburg-Bayreuth, Markgrafschaft Christian, 1603-1655. Taler 1630. Geharnischtes Hüftbild rechts mit Feldbinde und Kommandostab. Oben Reichsapfel, links, rechts und unten Wappen. Rv. Dreifach behelmtes vielfeldiges Wappen. Patina. Fast vorzüglich. (Germany, margraviate of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, Christian, 1603-55, thaler of 1630. Obverse:armored half-length bust to right with sash and marshal's baton; reverse: triple-helmeted arms. Toned, choice extremely fine.)"
Today, Bayreuth is famous as the site of the Wagner festival but in the seventeenth century, it was not part of Bavaria but an independent principality ruled by a junior branch of the Hohenzollerns. The SCWC catalogs this scarce type as a gulden (= 2/3 thaler) but the weight is correct for a full thaler and we have catalogued it as such.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver; this specimen is 28,83 g.

Catalog reference: Repertorium 1C.4.2 8/28, KM 52.1, Dav-6267.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Davenport, John S., German Secular Talers, 1600-1700, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1976.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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