Mainz 1794-IA IL thaler Dav-2431

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Stack's Bowers NYINC sale, lot 669
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This specimen was lot 669 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $2,820. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. Mainz. Taler, 1794-IA-IL. Friedrich Karl Joseph (1774-1802). NGC MS-65. Finest certified. Traces of adjustment marks. Bright golden hued toning with well struck features. Exceptional quality. From the Rockaway Collection." After several decades of inactivity, the archbishop issued ten different thalers in 1794-96, likely to pay war indemnities to the advancing French revolutionary armies, which ultimately annexed the city. The archbishopric was mediatized and partitioned in 1803.

Recorded mintage: unknown but somewhat scarce.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-2431; KM-398.


  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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