Ragusa 1748 tallero Dav-1637
This specimen was lot 21341 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "RAGUSA. Taler, 1748. NGC MS-62. A wonderfully preserved example, from a region where crown size silver coins are generally difficult to obtain in mint state condition. This piece bears fewer and less obtrusive adjustment marks than most, those here being confined to the arms on the reverse. Additionally, the strike is quite full and on lustrous metal. One of only a handful of Ragusa Talers to be certified as mint state and a great addition for collectors of this region." This coin is an example of a type struck 1743-48 for the Republic of Ragusa, a Christian enclave on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. At the time, it was an independent city-state surrounded and protected by the Ottoman Empire, which ruled most of the Balkans. Ragusa was occupied by French troops in 1805 and annexed by Austria in 1814. The SCWC doesn't give its exact specification but it is roughly equal to contemporary German talers. This type was struck 1738, 1743-48.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM-17; Dav-1637.
- 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, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.