Ratzeburg 1634 thaler Dav-5733

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UBS sale 85, lot 400
Bishopric of Ratzeburg in 1648, from Droysen's atlas
This specimen was lot 400 in UBS sale 85 (Zurich, September 2010), where it sold for 3000 CHF (about US$3,422 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND, Ratzeburg, Bistum, August der Ältere von Braunschweig-Lüneburg, 1610-1636. Taler 1634. Brustbild mit grossem Kragen leicht halbrechts. Rv. Fünffach behelmtes Wappen. Sehr schön." (Bishopric of Ratzeburg, Augustus the Old of Brunswick-Luneburg, 1610-36, thaler of 1634. Obverse: ruffed bust; reverse: quintuple-helmeted arms. Very Fine.)
While Ratzeburg issued several "wildman" thalers that aren't too expensive, this portrait type is very rare. It is listed but not photographed in the SCWC. Ratzeburg was annexed to Mecklenburg in 1648, at the conclusion of the Thirty Years' War.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 27,91 g.

Catalog reference: Welter 883, Dav-5733.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]UBS Auction 85: Gold and Silver Coins, Zurich: UBS AG, 2010.

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