Chur 1634 thaler Dav-4668

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Sincona sale 9, lot 5353
This specimen was lot 5473 in Sincona sale 9 (Zurich, October 2012), where it sold for 180 CHF (about US$228 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SCHWEIZ Chur, Bistum Joseph Mohr von Zernez, 1627-1635. Taler 1634. Von Mitra bekrönte Wappenkartusche mit dem viergeteilten Stifts- und Familienwappen, auf gekreuztem Schwert und Krummstab. Rv. Bekrönter und nimbierter Doppeladler mit ausgebreiteten Flügeln. Kleines Zainende, sonst fast vorzüglich. (Switzerland, bishopric of Chur, Joseph Mohr of Zernez, 1627-35, thaler of 1634. Mitred arms with sword and staff; reverse: crowned, nimbate doubled-headed eagle with feathers displayed. Tiny clip, nice extremely fine.)"
The SCWC notes this type for 1634 only. Thalers for Chur are few and far between; both the city and the bishop issued some. Chur, among with the rest of Switzerland, left the Empire in 1648 as part of the Treaty of Westphalia which ended the Thirty Years War. The city arms feature a leaping ibex.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 28,25 g.

Catalog reference: D.T. 1474; HMZ 2-418d, Dav-4668, KM 90.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
  • Richter, Juerg, and Ruedi Kunzmann, Neuer HMZ-Katalog, Band 2: Die Münzen der Schweiz und Liechtensteins 15//16. Jahrhundert bis Gegenwart, Regenstauf, Germany: H. Gietl Verlag GmbH, 2006.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 9, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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