Ortenburg 1656 thaler Dav-3397

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Sincona sale 18, lot 3154
Ortenburg in 1806, before its annexation by Bavaria
This specimen was lot 3154 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 1,300 (about US$1,713 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Taler 1656. St. Veit. Fast vorzüglich-vorzüglich. (Germany, county of Ortenburg, thaler of 1656, St. Veit mint, extremely fine.)"
Altho count Christopher Widmann is shown in a bishop's dress, Ortenburg was not an ecclesiastical state but a district of Carinthia permitted by the emperor to strike coins. Gold five and ten ducats exist struck from these dies.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: silver, this specimen 28.49 g.

Catalog reference: Holzmair S. 101. Slg. Horsky 5530, Dav-3397, KM 3.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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