Hesse-Cassel 1821 thaler Dav-691
This specimen was lot 6451 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $305.50. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Hesse-Cassel. Taler, 1821. NGC AU-50. SCARCE two year type with this year's mintage being the lower of the two. Mild even wear to the hair and side whiskers as well as some of the leaves in wreath but most of the detail remaining. Medium gray toning with underlying luster peeking out from around the devices." This type was struck 1821-22 and is expensive--this bidder got a bargain. The thaler's weight was reduced to 18.52 g in 1858 but the purity was raised to .900 fine. Hesse-Cassel was swallowed up by the Prussians after the Austrian war of 1866.
Recorded mintage: 2,385.
Specification: 22.27 g, .750 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Dav-691, KM-573.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2017 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Richard Stuart Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.