Ragusa 1770-DM DM tallero Dav-1639
This specimen was lot 148 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $2,299. The catalog description noted, "CROATIA, Adriatic Coastal Cities. Ragusa (Dubrovnik). Republic of Ragusa. 1358-1807/1814. AR Tallero. Dated 1770 DM DM. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 63. Choice uncirculated with light toning and lustrous surfaces. Only two dates have ever reached the grade MS 63 and this is one of them. None graded higher, extremely rare this fine. Ex Schweizerische Bankverein 42 (21 January 1997), lot 1413." This coin is an example of a type struck 1751-79 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 thalers.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: silver, this specimen Ø40 mm, 28.55 g, 12h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 18, Dav-1639.
- 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.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.