Olmutz 1820 1/2 thaler

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Künker sale 293, lot 1731
This specimen was lot 1731 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €340 (about US$458 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DIE GEISTLICHKEIT IN DEN HABSBURGISCHEN ERBLANDEN, Rudolf Johann von Österreich, 1819-1830. 1/2 Konv.-Taler 1820. Sehr attraktives Exemplar, vorzüglich + (Austrian states, archbishopric of Olmutz, Rudolf John of Austria, 1819-30, half convention thaler of 1820. Very attractive example, extremely fine or better.)"
Archduke Rudolf Johann was the last archbishop to issue coins for his state. In 1820, he had minted a twenty kreuzer, half thaler (shown here), thaler and ducat. This ecclesiastical state was in Moravia, then part of Austria, now the Czech Republic.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 14.03 g, .833 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 492, Suchomel/Videman 1203.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 293: Münzen aus Mittelalter und Neuzeit u. a. die westfälischen Privatsammlungen Werner Bröker und Bernd Terletzki, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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