Poland 1785-EB thaler Dav-1620

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Sincona sale 33, lot 3062
This specimen was lot 3062 in Sincona sale 33 (Zurich, October 2016), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"POLEN. Stanislas August Poniatowski, 1764-1795 Taler 1785. Warschau. Äusserst seltene Erhaltung. Fast FDC. Hübsche Patina. (kingdom of Poland, Stanislas August Poniatowski, 1764-1795, thaler of 1785, Warsaw mint. Extremely rare condition, About uncirculated, Attractive patina.)"
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. This is the scarcest of the three dates, 1783-85.

Recorded mintage: 3,846.

Specification: 28.07 g, .833 fine silver, this specimen 28.22 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-1620; KM-200; Kopicki 2480.


  • 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]Jürg Richter, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 33, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2016.

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