Paar 1771 thaler Dav-1193
This specimen was lot 39022 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it sold for $528.75. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRIA. Paar. Taler, 1771 (1781). Johann Wenzel (as Prince) (1769-92). NGC AU Details--Surface Hairlines. Lettered edge. Catalog data indicates an original mintage of only 200 pieces, with an additional 500 coins struck 10 years later in 1781. An exceptionally scarce and highly sought-after issue, and missing from many Taler collections. The princes of Paar were an Italian family dating back to 1629 that held the Austrian hereditary title of Postmaster General for nearly three centuries. They obtained minting privileges shortly before this coin was struck. Semi proof-like fields are evident on both sides, with the look of being lightly cleaned, but without significant hairline damage. All things considered, an exceptionally well-preserved example of the type with nearly complete detail all through the hair and facial portion of the portrait." The only other thaler from this locale is Dav-1194 struck in 1794, also rare.
Recorded mintage: 200 plus 500 restrikes.
Specification: 28.06 g, .833 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM 2; Dav-1193.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Ponterio, Richard, and Todd McKenna, The November 2015 Baltimore Auction, World Coins and Paper Money, featuring the Ray Czabor Collection and selections from the Strong Museum, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2015.