Eszterhazy 1770 1/2 thaler
This specimen was lot 40022 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), where it sold for $3,120. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRIA. 1/2 Taler, 1770. Vienna Mint. Nikolaus Josef (1762-90). NGC MS-64. RARE type with a published mintage of only 500 pieces. Luminous in the fields with attractive olive tone sweeping over both sides. Nikolaus Josef, Prince of Eszterhazy, was a Hungarian nobleman reputed to be richer than the Emperor himself. Granted the coinage right for his military services, he exercised it only in 1770 to mint this half Taler, a full Taler (Dav-1187) and a Ducat, all of which are rare. From the Collection of Dr. James Eustace Bizzell, II." The Eszterhazys were an old and immensely wealthy Hungarian family and Nikolaus Joseph is remembered in history as the patron of Haydn.
Recorded mintage: 500.
Specification: 14.03 g, .833 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM 1.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, Matt Orsini and Cris Chatigny, The January 2019 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.