Geneva 1722 thaler Dav-1767

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UBS sale 85, lot 1929
This specimen was lot 1929 in UBS sale 85 (Zurich, September 2010), where it sold for 190 CHF (about US$217 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SCHWEIZ Taler 1722. Stadtwappen, darüber Gottesname in Strahlen. Rv. Gekrönter Doppeladler. Sehr schön." (Switzerland thaler of 1722. Obverse: city arms, above JEHOVAH in rays; reverse: crowned double headed eagle. Very Fine.)
The only thalers struck in Geneva in the eighteenth century are this type (1721-22) and a similar issue of 1722-23 (KM 69). Neither are common. The significance of the double-headed eagle is uncertain; it was the symbol of the Holy Roman Empire, which Geneva had left in 1648.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 26,80 g.

Catalog reference: D.T. 1007b, HMZ 2-339b, Dav-1767, KM 66.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]UBS Auction 85: Gold and Silver Coins, Zurich: UBS AG, 2010.

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