Ragusa 1774-GA DM tallero Dav-1639
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 talers.
This specimen was lot 52427 in Heritage sale 419 (Long Beach, September 2006), where it sold for $373.75. The catalog description noted, "Republic Tallero 1774-GA-GA, MS63 NGC, unlisted assayer combination, an unusually well-struck example with just a few adjustment marks at the base of the reverse."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
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.
- Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 419: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2006.