Harz (1723)-EPH thaler Dav-2935

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Jean Elsen sale 120, lot 1038
Harz 1723 thaler rev JElsen 120-1038.jpg
from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 22597
Harz SB818-22597r.jpg
The first specimen was lot 1038 in Jean Elsen sale 120 (Brussels, March 2014), where it sold for €300 (about US$493 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ALLEMAGNE, HARZ, AR Tauftaler (Taler de baptême), s.d. (1723) EPH, Zellerfeld (Ernst Peter Hecht). Droit: Saint-Jean baptisant le Christ dans le Jourdain. Revers: Inscription en dix lignes. Très Beau. (Germany, Harz, silver baptismal thaler without date, Zellerfeld mint. Obverse: St. John baptises Christ in the river Jordan; reverse: ten line inscription. Very fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 22597 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $384. The catalog description[2] noted, "GERMANY. Harz. Baptismal Taler, ND (1701-67). Zellerfeld Mint. NGC EF-40. John the baptist kneeling right, baptizing Jesus Christ standing facing in the river Jordan, arms crossed, dove above, three line inscription above and four line inscription to right, three line inscription in exergue, legend around; Reverse: Eleven-line inscription within beaded border, legend around. Lovely old mottled envelope tone." This enigmatic piece is not listed in the SCWC or in Davenport, in whose book no Davenport-2935 exists. Baptismal thalers lie on the border between coins and medals and Davenport may have removed this from the edition in our hands. The Zellerfeld mint operated throughout the eighteenth century for Hannover and so we have filed it therein. The Duchy of Brunswick was divided and subdivided in the seventeenth century but was eventually reassembled as the Kingdom of Hannover before being absorbed into Prussia in 1866.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 29,27 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-2935, Katsouros, 15.


  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 120, Brussels: Jean Elsen & ses Fils, S.A., 2014.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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