Olmutz 1820 thaler Dav-41

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Sincona sale 51, lot 3773
This specimen was lot 3773 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 1,500 CHF (about US$1,809 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Olmütz, Bistum, Rudolph Johann von Österreich, 1819-1830. Konventionstaler 1820, Wien. PCGS MS62. Hübsche Patina. (bishopric of Olmutz, Rudolf John of Austria, 1819-30, convention thaler of 1820, Vienna mint. Attractive patina.)"
Archduke Rudolf Johann was the last archbishop to issue coins for his state. In 1820, he had minted at Vienna a twenty kreuzer, half thaler, thaler (shown here) and ducat. This ecclesiastical state was in Moravia, then part of Austria, now the Czech Republic.

Recorded mintage: unknown but fairly scarce.

Specification: 28.06 g, .833 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 494, Suchomel/Videman 1205, Dav-41.


  • 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]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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