Olmutz 1703 1/2 thaler KM-344

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Sincona sale 57, lot 3327
This specimen was lot 3327 in Sincona sale 57 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 1,900 CHF (about US$2,261 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE - AUSTRIA | Olmütz, Bistum, Carl III. von Lothringen, 1695-1711. 1/2 Taler 1703. Gutes sehr schön. Hübsche Patina. (Germany, bishopric of Olmutz, Charles III of Lorraine, 1695-1711, half thaler of 1703. Good very fine, Attractive patina.)"
This one year type from this ecclesiastical state in Moravia is fairly scarce. It comes in two varieties, KM 344 (rounded escutcheon, shown here) and KM 350 (pointed escutcheon).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 13.94 g.

Catalog reference: KM 344, Suchomel / Videman 566. Lichnowsky / Mayer 338.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 57: World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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