Ravensberg 1632 thaler Dav-7294

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Kunker sale 263, lot 1111
This specimen was lot 1111 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €16,000 (about US$20,669 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"RAVENSBERG, GRAFSCHAFT Wolfgang Wilhelm von Pfalz-Neuburg, 1623-1647. Reichstaler 1632, Bielefeld. * WOLFG ∙ WIL ∙ DG ∙ C ∙ PA ∙ RHE ∙ D ∙ BA ∙ IVL ∙ CLI ∙ ET ∙ MO Geharnischtes Brustbild r. mit umgelegtem Mantel und der Kette des Ordens vom Goldenen Vlies, umher IN DEO - MEA CONSOLA//C * VEL * SP * MAR * RA - ET * MORS * DO IN RA « (Signatur des Jobst Koch, Münzmeister in Bielefeld 1629-1654) Mit Fürstenhut bedecktes, achtfeldiges Wappen mit Mittelschild, umher die Kette des Ordens vom Goldenen Vlies, oben zu den Seiten die geteilte Jahreszahl 1 - 6 / 3 - Z. Von größter Seltenheit. Sehr attraktives Exemplar mit feiner Patina, min. Prägeschwäche am Rand, vorzüglich. (Germany, county of Ravensberg, Wolfgang William of Pfalz-Neuburg, 1623-47, thaler of 1632, Bielefeld mint. Obverse: armored, mantled bust to right, wearing the Order of the Golden Fleece; reverse: crowned, eightfold arms with Order of the Golden Fleece around dividing the date. Very rare, very attractive example with toning, cleaned, extremely fine.)"
The county of Ravensburg was long a part of the dominion of the duke of Berg. When that dynasty lapsed in 1609, both Pfalz and Brandenburg claimed it and fought over it until it was partitioned by the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. Altho the count Palatine held Ravensberg 1623-47, during which period this rare thaler was issued, he was forced to turn it over to Brandenburg by the terms of the treaty.

Recorded mintage: 480.

Specification: silver, this specimen 28.91 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-7294; Stange 173, KM 36.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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