Hamburg 1611 thaler Dav-5360

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 23874
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23874 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description[1] noted, "Hamburg. Free City Taler 1611, MS63 NGC, valued at 32 Schillings. Title of Emperor Rudolph II is found in the legend. Incredible multi-colored toning, and as choice for this type as one could hope for." This type was struck 1608-12. It is technically a 32 schillng piece but is universally classed as a thaler. The city of Hamburg issued coins almost continuously until the end of World War One and the mint there is still in operation, striking coins for the Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

Recorded mintage: unknown but fairly common.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-5360, KM 77.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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