Poland 1628-II 1/2 thaler

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Sincona sale 57, lot 3100
This specimen was lot 3100 in Sincona sale 57 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 8,000 CHF (about US$9,520 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"POLEN, Sigismund III. 1587-1632. 1/2 Taler 1628 I-I, Bromberg. Sehr selten. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. Feine Patina. (kingdom of Poland, Sigismund III, 1587-1632, half thaler of 1628, Bromberg mint. Very rare, Very fine-extremely fine, Nice toning.)"
This type is listed in the SCWC for 1620, 1622, 1628-32, but is rare. Half a thaler = four zlotych. The kingdom of Poland came under the rule of the king of Sweden, Sigismund III, in 1587. He converted to Roman Catholicism to accept the Polish crown, which caused the Swedish diet to depose him. He invaded Sweden in an attempt to reclaim his throne but was unsuccessful. The expenses of the war damaged and weakened the Polish monarchy, but the main source of Polish weakness was the greed and selfishness of the Polish nobility.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 13.78 g.

Catalog reference: KM 38, Gumowski 1185. Kopicki 1290 (R4).

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 57: World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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