Metz 1628 thaler Dav-5580
This specimen was lot 29856 in Heritage sale 3040 (Long Beach, April 2015), where it sold for $646.25. The catalog description noted, "Metz. City Taler 1628 XF45 PCGS. The first year of this type, this broad and impressive Taler features the full-length standing figure of the patron state, St. Stephan, holding a palm branch within an elongated oval. With handsome steel-gray patination and moments of brightness throughout, highly appealing as such." The bishop and city of Metz both issued coins but the town was under French occupation from the mid-1500's, which occupation was formally recognized by the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648. In the eighteenth century, the town was the site of a French mint, mintmark "AA." This type is listed for 1628-34.
Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.
Catalog reference: KM 17, Dav-5580.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3040, featuring the Santa Maria, the Alan Dean and the Valley View Life Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.