Salzburg 1729 thaler Dav-1241

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Jean Elsen sale 106, lot 815
Salzburg 1729 thaler rev JElsen 106-815.jpg
This specimen was lot 815 in Jean Elsen sale 106 (Brussels, September 2010), where it sold for 200 euro. The catalog description[1] noted,
"SAINT EMPIRE, SALZBOURG, Archevêché, Leopold Anton von Firmian (1727-1744), AR Taler, 1729, Droit: Madone à l'enfant au-dessus des armoiries de l'archevêque. Revers: Saint Rupert assis à gauche, tenant une crosse et un saloir. Fines traces d'ajustage. Très Beau." (Holy Roman Empire, Archbishopric of Salzburg, Leopold Anton von Firmian, 1727-44, silver thaler of 1729. Obverse: Madonna and Child above the arms of the archbishop; reverse: St. Rupert to left, holding a crozier and a basket. Some adjustment marks, Very Fine.)
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 1728-35 and is priced about triple the thalers of Mozart's time.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 29,08 g.

Catalog reference: Probszt-2139; Davenport-1241.


  • Krause, Chester L, and Clifford Mishler, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 3rd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2005.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 106, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2010.

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