Passau 1779-HST thaler Dav-2525
This specimen was lot 681 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $4,700. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Passau. Taler, 1779. Leopold Ernst Joseph (1763-83). NGC MS-65. Tied with one other for finest certified. Reflective lightly toned surfaces. Sharply struck and exceptionally choice. From the Rockaway Collection." The Bishopric of Passau, between Bavaria and Austria, struck a few thalers in the eighteenth century, all now rare. The state fell to Bavaria during the Napoleonic upheavals and is now part of Germany.
Recorded mintage: unknown but somewhat scarce.
Catalog reference: Dav-2525; KM-89.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Davenport, John S., German Talers, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1965.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.