Galicia and Lodomeria 1774-S schilling

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Sincona sale 51, lot 3735
This specimen was lot 3735 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 160 CHF (about US$193 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Maria Theresia, 1740-1780. 1 Schilling 1774, Schmöllnitz. Selten. Vorzüglich. (Austria, Maria Theresia, 1740-80, one schilling of 1774, Schmollnitz mint. Rare, Extremely fine.)"
The kingdom of Poland, weakened by the devastation of the Great Northern War (1700-21), fell under the domination of her neighbors, Prussia, Russia and Austria. Stanislas Leszczinski, a former lover of Catherine the Great, was installed as her puppet king on the death of the Saxon August III. When he proved to be insufficiently pliant, the partitions began. In three slices, in 1772, 1793 and 1795, the entire state was devoured. Even then, Stanislas could not rally the greedy and selfish Polish nobility to defend the country. This coin was issued by the Austrians for Maria Theresia's newly conquered kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, which remained part of Austria until 1918. The Schmollnitz mint is today Smolník, a village and municipality in the Gelnica District in the Košice Region of eastern Slovakia.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper, this specimen 2.00 g.

Catalog reference: KM C1, Herinek 418.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018

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