Poland 1702 thaler Dav-1613

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Kunker sale 263, lot 1990
This specimen was lot 1990 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €1,700 (about US$2,196 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KÖNIGREICH August II. der Starke, 1697-1733. Taler nach burgundischem Fuß 1702, Leipzig. Sogenannter Beichlingscher Ordenstaler. R Feine Patina, kl. Graffiti im Feld der Vorderseite, sehr schön. Dem Großkanzler Graf von Beichlingen wurde bei diesem polnisch-kursächsischen Bankotaler vorgeworfen, er habe auf der Vorderseite den von ihm getragenen dänischen Danebrogorden anstatt des dem König verliehenen dänischen Elefantenordens anbringen lassen. (kingdom of Poland, Augustus II "the Strong," 1697-1733, Burgundian thaler of 1702, Leipzig mint. Graffitti in obverse field, very fine. Archchancellor count Beichlingen had this Polish-Saxon thaler struck and was criticized for showing the king wearing the Danish Order of the Danebrog instead of the Danish Order of the Elephant.)"
After the immense mintages of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when Saxony was the leading producer of silver thalers in Europe, production dwindled to a few scarce commemorative issues in the eighteenth century. Elector Frederick August II was also king of Poland and collectors of that country also claim many Saxon issues, but this one appears to be purely Polish.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: KM-138; Dav-1613; Schnee 1000; Kopicki 2018 (R2).

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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