Hungary 1696-KB 1/2 thaler
This specimen was lot 20229 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $1,410. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRIA. 1/2 Taler, 1696-KB. Leopold I (1658-1705). NGC MS-65. Kremnitz Mint. Housed within an older six digit holder, and the finest graded by three points for the date at NGC. Moderately toned with a composite of deep pastel colors. A coin which must have been immediately set aside over three centuries ago to have survived in the extraordinary condition seen here." This variety, struck 1690-99, is listed as one of the more common half thalers of the period. Hungary in 1696 had been freshly reconquered by the Austrians from the Turks but was not part of the Empire.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM-220.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.