Poland 1766-FS thaler Dav-1618

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Ponterio sale 161, lot 20638
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 20638 in Ponterio sale 161 (Chicago, August 2011), where it sold for $1,046.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "POLAND. Taler, 1766-FS. Stanislaus August (1764-95). NGC EF-45." The kingdom of Poland, weakened by the devastation of the Great Northern War (1700-21), fell under the domination of her neighbors, Prussia, Russia and Austria. Stanislas Poniatowski, a former lover of Catherine the Great, was installed as her puppet king on the death of the Saxon August III. When he proved to be insufficiently pliant, the partitions began. In three slices, in 1772, 1793 and 1795, the entire state was devoured. Even then, Stanislas could not rally the greedy and selfish Polish nobility to defend the country.

Recorded mintage: 78,000.

Specification: 28.07 g, .833 fine silver, .751 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-187; Dav-1618; Parchimowicz-1228.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Ponterio, Rick, et al., Ponterio sale 161: The Chicago ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's-Bowers, LLC, 2011.

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