Olmutz 1720 1/2 thaler

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Sincona sale 59, lot 1978
This specimen was lot 1978 in Sincona sale 59 (Zurich, October 2019), where it sold for 10,000 CHF (about US$12,111 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE - AUSTRIA | Olmütz, Bistum, Wolfgang von Schrattenbach, 1711-1738. 1/2 Taler 1720, Kremsier. Äusserst selten. Sehr schön. Schrötlingsfehler. (bishopric of Olmutz, Wolfgang of Schrattenbach, 1711-38, half thaler of 1720, Kremsier mint. Extremely rare, Very fine, Flan flaw.)"
This type is listed in the SCWC for 1717, 1722 and 1724-25 but not 1720. The price realized bears out its rarity.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 13.92 g.

Catalog reference: KM 410 (unlisted date), Suchomel/Videman 723.

Source:

  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 59: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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