Poland 1794 6 zlotych Dav-1623
"POLEN Stanislas August, 1764-1795. Taler 1794. Brustbild nach rechts. Rv. Gekröntes Wappen auf Zweigen. Schrötlingsf. Fast sehr schön. (Poland, Stanislas August, 1764-95, thaler of 1794. Obverse: bust facing right; reverse: crowned arms. Planchet flaws, Good Very fine.)"
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 coin is classed as a thaler even tho it is technically a six zlotych and a full thaler weighed 28.07 grams.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: silver; this specimen 23,74 g.
Catalog reference: Gum. 2399, Dav-1623, KM 216.
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