Poland 1792-MV thaler Dav-1621
This specimen was lot 40736 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $14,950. The catalog description noted, "POLAND. Taler, 1792-MV. NGC AU-58. Low Mintage Polish Rarity. Stanislaus August (1764-95). RARE. From a mintage of only 339 pieces. Toned and very attractive." 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: 339.
Specification: 28.07 g, .833 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Dav-1621; KM-212; Parchimowicz-1231b.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.