Hesse-Darmstadt 1760-AK thaler Dav-2323
This specimen was lot 651 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $3,525. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Hesse-Darmstadt. Taler, 1760. Ludwig VIII (1739-68). NGC EF Details--Obverse Graffiti. VERY RARE. Minor graffiti on obverse field in front of bust that is well hidden by the dark toning. From the Rockaway Collection." The landgraves of Hesse-Darmstadt issued numerous thalers in the eighteenth century (Dav-2313 thru -2339) but most are seldom seen. This is the first one we have managed to locate for the Wiki.
Recorded mintage: unknown but rather rare.
Catalog reference: Dav-2323; KM-201.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.