Hesse-Darmstadt 1758-R thaler Dav-2322
This specimen was lot 32207 in Heritage sale 3041 (Chicago, August 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Hesse-Darmstadt. Ludwig VIII Taler 1758-R MS65 NGC. Very likely, far and away, the finest known for this rare type. Beautiful old cabinet toning with significant residual luster and a bold strike. There have been only 3 examples of this Davenport number on the open market in the past decade, or so, and this easily outshines them all. When one encounters a coin that has a combination of condition and rarity such as this, price history and comparable auction results become almost meaningless; to buy the finest known example of a type, one should be prepared to pay a commensurate price, and we fully expect to see that with this coin." The landgraves of Hesse-Darmstadt issued numerous thalers in the eighteenth century (Dav-2313 thru -2339) but most are seldom seen. This type was also issued in 1751 but both dates are rare.
Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.
Catalog reference: KM 190, Dav-2322.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Davenport, John S., German Talers, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1965.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World & Ancient Coins Auction 3041, featuring the Eric Beckman Collection of Canadian Coins, the Kaiser Collection of German Gold Coins and the Rudman Collection of Mexican Coins, Part I, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.