Brunswick 1628 thaler Dav-5127

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Sincona sale 4, lot 4350
This specimen was lot 4350 in Sincona sale 4 (Zurich, October 2011) where it sold for 800 CHF (about US$1,064 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND Braunschweig, Stadt Taler 1628. Behelmtes Wappen. Rv. Gekrönter, nimbierter Doppeladler mit Reichsapfel auf der Brust worin die Wertzahl 24. Fast vorzüglich-vorzüglich. City of Brunswick, thaler of 1628. Obverse: helmeted arms; reverse: crowned, nimbate double-headed eagle with imperial orb on breast, numeral "24" within. Extremely fine to good extremely fine)."
The city of Brunswick was the capital of the dukes of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel yet simultaneously claimed the mint right and struck an extensive series of coinage until 1678. This type, issued 1624-33 in considerable numbers, is theoretically a 24 groschen (hence the "24") but it seems unlikely the locals called it anything other than a thaler.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 29,20 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-5127, KM 30.2.


  • [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.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.

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