Hungary 1715-PH poltura

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Jean Elsen sale 108, lot 1201
Austria 1715 poltura rev JElsen 108-1201.jpg
A poltura struck for Hungary while Charles VI was emperor. This specimen was lot 1201 in Jean Elsen sale 108 (Brussels, March 2011) where it sold for 60 euros ($98.56 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SAINT EMPIRE, Charles VI (1711-1740), AR poltura, 1715 PH, atelier incertain. Type hongrois. Droit : B. l. et cuirassé à droite. Revers : La Madone à l'enfant sur une nuée, au-dessus de la valeur et de la date. Petite tache au droit et légère fin de plaque. Superbe à Fleur de Coin " (Holy Roman Empire, Charles VI, 1711-40, silver poltura of 1715, unknown mint, Hungarian type. Obverse: laureate, armored bust to right; reverse: the Madonna and Child on a cloud, date and value below. Edge nick, Extremely Fine to Uncirculated.)
The type was struck 1711-31. Altho this specimen looks silvery, its fineness is likely similar to the issues of the 1740's which were below 25% silver. The denomination was converted to copper in 1763. Two polturen = three krajczar = one groschen.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver (probably billon), this specimen 1.21 grams.

Catalog reference: Her., 1054; Huszar-1631, KM 294.2.


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  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 108, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2011.

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