Poland 1788-EB thaler Dav-1621
This specimen was lot 24673 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $660. The catalog description noted, "POLAND. Taler, 1788-EB. Stanislavs Poniatowski (1764). PCGS EF-40 Secure Holder. Toned. Ex: Stack's Bowers & Ponterio sale 06/11, lot# 8497." 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: 31,000.
Specification: 28.07 g, .833 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Dav-1621; KM-212; Parchimowicz-1231; Gum-2387.
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