Ratzeburg 1623 thaler Dav-5731

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Sincona sale 22, lot 1261
Ratzeburg in 1648, on its annexation
This specimen was lot 1261 in Sincona sale 22 (Zurich, May 2015), where it sold for 1,300 CHF (about US$1,633 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Braunschweig-Lüneburg-Celle, Herzogtum, August der Ältere, 1611-1636. 1611-1633 als Bischof von Ratzeburg Taler 1623. Ratzeburg. Selten in dieser Erhaltung. Fast vorzüglich-vorzüglich. (Germany, duchy of Brunswick-Luneburg-Celle, Augustus the Older as bishop of Ratzeburg, 1611-36, thaler of 1623, rare in this grade, choice extremely fine.)"
While Ratzeburg issued several "wildman" thalers that aren't too expensive, this mounted knight type is very scarce. Ratzeburg was annexed to Mecklenburg in 1648, at the conclusion of the Thirty Years' War.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 29.10 g.

Catalog reference: Bahrfeldt 30, Welter 869; Dav-5731.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Collection Fumatori, Auction 22, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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