Brandenburg 1614-MH thaler Dav-6119

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Sincona sale 4, lot 4323
This specimen was lot 4323 in Sincona sale 4 (Zurich, October 2011) where it sold for 3,300 CHF (about US$4,390 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND Brandenburg-Preussen, 1417 Kurfürstentum, Johann Sigismund, 1608-1619. Taler 1614. Geharnischtes Hüftbild mit geschultertem Zepter nach rechts. Rv. Fünffach behelmtes Wappen. Av. Felder lt. bearb. Sehr schön. (Electorate of Brandenburg, John Sigismund, 1608-19, thaler of 1614. Obverse: armored half-lenght figure with scepter to right; reverse: five helmeted arms. Lightly tooled fields, very fine)."
This rare type is priced ten times higher than contemporary issues of Saxony. The elector of Brandenburg would not be promoted to king of Prussia until 1701.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 28,59 g.

Catalog reference: Neumann 9.9, Dav-6119, KM 35.1.


  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes: Auction 4, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2011.
  • 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.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.

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