Hungary 1650-KB thaler Dav-3198

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Jean Elsen sale 117, lot 1716
Hungary 1650 thaler rev JElsen 117-1716.jpg
This specimen was lot 1716 in Jean Elsen sale 117 (Brussels, June 2013), where it sold for €170 (about US$268 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SAINT EMPIRE, Ferdinand III (1637-1657), AR Taler, 1650 KB, Kremnitz. Type hongrois. Droit: B. l., drapé et cuirassé à droite. Revers: Aigle impériale couronnée, l'écu de Hongrie-Bohême sur la poitrine. Nettoyé. Très Beau. (Austria, Ferdinand III (1637-57), silver thaler of 1650, Kremnitz mint, Hungarian type. Obverse: laureate, draped bust to reverse: reverse: crowned imperail eagle bears the arms of Hungary-Bohemia. Cleaned, very fine.)"
This type was struck without change 1637-61, rendering it one of the more common thalers of the period. The SCWC correctly catalogs this under Hungary, not Austria. Hungary in the 1650's was partitioned between the Austrians and the Turks and was not part of the Empire.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 28.77 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-3198, Her-477; Huszar, 1242.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 117: Collection Jean-Jacques Symoens, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2013.

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