Lowenstein-Wertheim-Virneburg 1770-WEW 1/2 thaler

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Kunker sale 293, lot 978
Wertheim in 1789
This specimen was lot 978 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €1,400 (about US$1,887 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"LÖWENSTEIN, LÖWENSTEIN-WERTHEIM-VIRNEBURG, GRAFSCHAFT, Friedrich Ludwig, 1731-1796. 1/2 Konv.-Taler 1770, Wertheim. Von großer Seltenheit. Sehr schön. (Germany, county of Lowenstein-Wertheim-Virneberg, Frederick Louis, 1731-96, half convention thaler of 1770, Wertheim mint. Very rare, very fine.)"
This otherwise insignificant principality issued a series of thalers in 1766-69 (Dav-2402 thru -2408B). It was mediatized in 1806 and partitioned between Baden and Bavaria.

Recorded mintage: unknown but very scarce.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Wibel -, KM 41.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 293: Münzen aus Mittelalter und Neuzeit u. a. die westfälischen Privatsammlungen Werner Bröker und Bernd Terletzki, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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