Dietrichstein 1653 thaler Dav-3374

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Künker sale 335, lot 4856
This specimen was lot 4856 in Künker sale 335 (Osnabruck, Germany, March 2020), where it sold for €9,000 (about US$11,178 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"RÖMISCH-DEUTSCHES REICH. DIE ÖSTERREICHISCHEN STANDESHERREN, DIETRICHSTEIN, Sigismund Ludwig von Wechselstätt, 1631-1664. Reichstaler 1653, Graz. Mit der Bewertung der NGC (Photo Cert) MS 64 (5774790-001). RR Prachtexemplar. Feine Patina, vorzüglich-Stempelglanz. (Holy Roman Empire, princes of Dietrichstein, Sigismund Ludwig von Wechselstätt, 1631-64, thaler of 1653, Graz mint. NGC MS-62, rare, cabinet piece, fine patina, extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
The princes of Dietrichstein were not territorial lords but servants to the emperor who were granted the mint right. Several thalers were struck in the seventeenth century, all rare. This type was previously struck in 1646 and 1651.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 28.53 g.

Catalog reference: KM 9, Dav-3374; Holzmair S. 21.


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  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 335: Bracteates from Upper Swabia and the area of the Lake Constance | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the Dr. Karl Walter Bach Collection of coins of the Austrian nobility, Special collections of Bavaria, Lubeck, Wurttemberg as well as siege coins from the Eberhard Link Collection. Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2020.

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