Dortmund 1640 thaler Dav-5217

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Sincona sale 6, lot 677
Dortmund in 1648
This specimen was lot 677 in Sincona sale 6 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 3.600 CHF (about US$4,430 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND Dortmund, Stadt Taler 1640. Titel Ferdinand III. Links blickender Adler zwischen der geteilten Jahreszahl mit doppeltem Schriftkreis. Rv. Geharnischtes Brustbild Ferdinands III. mit Mantel nach rechts. Min. Rdf. Sehr schön. (City of Dortmund, thaler of 1640, in the name of Ferdinand III. Obverse: eagle divides date, double legend around; reverse: armored bust of the emperor in cape to right, some planchet faults, slightly weak strike, very fine.)"
Today, Dortmund is part of the Ruhr valley industrial complex; in the seventeenth century, Dortmund was an insignificant free city sandwiched betwen the duchy of Mark and the bishopric of Munster. The SCWC lists numerous thalers but all are so rare as to lack photographs.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver; this specimen is 28,39 g.

Catalog reference: Berghaus 183, KM 27.4, Dav-5217.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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