Salzburg 1620 thaler Dav-3497
This specimen was lot 20191 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $1,020. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRIA. Salzburg. Taler, 1620. Paris von Lodron (1619-53). NGC MS-63. Struck from roller dies (resulting in a slight curve in the planchet) with sparkling luster in the fields and light coppery tone around the legends that contrasts beautifully with otherwise silvery surfaces. Presently the single finest certified example of the date in the NGC census." The Archbishopric of Salzburg was an ecclesiastical state between Bavaria and Austria and usually ruled by a Hapsburg client. In the seventeenth century it was blessed with a number of productive silver mines and the prince-archbishop was a prolific issuer of coins, particularly thalers. This type was struck 1620-24 and is one of the commonest thalers of the seventeenth century.
Recorded mintage: unknown but fairly common.
Catalog reference: KM-61; Dav-3497.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.