Burgau 1766 thaler Dav-1148

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Jean Elsen list 259, lot 1017
Austria 1766 thaler rev JElsen 259-1017.jpg
the Austrian Burgau in 1547, north of Augsburg, from Putzger's Atlas
This specimen was lot 1017 in Jean Elsen price list 259 (Brussels, January-March 2012), where it was offered at €175. The catalog noted,
"SAINT EMPIRE, Marie-Thérèse (1740-1780), AR Taler, 1766, Günzburg. Au titre de margrave de Burgau. Droit: Ecu couronné, tenu par deux griffons. Revers: Valeur et date entre une palme et un rameau de laurier. Très Beau (Holy Roman Empire, Maria Theresia (1740-80), silver thaler of 1766, Gunzburg mint, in the name of the Margrave of Burgau. Obverse: two griffins bear crowned arms; reverse: value and date between palm branch and laurel branch. VF)"

On the death of Charles VI in 1740, the redoubtable Maria Theresia was crowned Archduchess of Austria and queen of Hungary but, being a woman, could not be given the imperial crown. Therefore, after much debate and a war fomented by Frederick the Great of Prussia, her husband Francis of Lorraine was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 1745. This thaler was issued 1766-67 from the Gunzburg mint and is common. It marks the adoption of the convention thaler of 28.06 g.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 28.06 g, .833 fine silver; this specimen 27,97 g.

Catalog reference: Her., 497; Eypeltauer, 397a; Dav-1148, KM 16.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.

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