Namur 1713 1/2 thaler

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Sincona sale 50, lot 1018
This specimen was lot 1018 in Sincona sale 50 (Zurich, October 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Namur, Grafschaft. Maximilian Emanuel von Bayern, 1711-1714. 1/2 Taler 1713, Namur. (Münzstättenzeichen Löwe) MAX • EMANUEL • D • G • - U • B • S • P • B • L • L • & • G • DUX • Geharnischtes Brustbild nach rechts mit umgelegtem Mantel, darunter die Jahreszahl I7I3. Rv. COM • P • R • S • R • I • AR • & • ELE • L • L • COM • F • H • & • N • MAR • S • R • I • D • M • Gekröntes, ovales Wappen mit Mittelschild. Von grösster Seltenheit. Vorzüglich. Exemplar der Auktion Münzen und Medaillen AG 74, Basel Oktober 1988, Nr. 524. (County of Namur, Maximilian Emanuel of Bavaria, 1711-14, half thaler of 1713, Namur mint (lion mintmark). Obverse: mantled, armored bust to right, date below; reverse: crowned oval arms with escutcheon. Of the highest rarity, Extremely fine.)"
This type was struck 1713 only, along with KM 25 (souverain d'or), KM 32 (écu or thaler), KM 30 (quarter ecu), KM 28, 29 (escalin) and KM 27 (half escalin). The Spanish Low Countries were one of the main battlegrounds of the War of Spanish Succession which broke out after the death of Charles II of Spain. Philip V, the French candidate, was persuaded by Louis XIV to surrender his claim to Belgium to Maximilian Emanuel in 1711. Maximilian had been evicted from his electorate by the Austrians and was effectively homeless. By the Treaty of Utrecht in 1714, Maximilian surrendered Belgium to the Austrians and returned to Bavaria.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 14.02 g.

Catalog reference: KM 31, Delmonte 372 (R4). Hahn 218.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Jubilee Auction 50, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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