Munsterberg-Oels 1620-BH thaler Dav-7097

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Sincona sale 18, lot 1593
Oels in Silesia in 1648
This specimen was lot 1593 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 1,100 (about US$1,449 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Taler 1620. Öls. Sehr schön-gutes sehr schön. (Germany, duchy of Schlesien-Münsterberg-Oels, thaler of 1620, very fine to good very fine.)"
Silesia is considered a German State even tho the province was then under Austrian rule and is now in Poland. This type, listed for 1619-20 only, is rare like all the thalers of this locality. The coinage ceased when the last of the local dukes died in 1647. Munsterberg passed to Austria while Oels passed to a junior branch of the duke of Wurttemberg, who resumed coinage in 1674.

Recorded mintage: unknown but very scarce.

Specification: silver, this specimen 28.45 g.

Catalog reference: Friedensburg/Seger 2229, Dav-7097; KM-43.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Davenport, John S., German Secular Talers, 1600-1700, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1976.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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