Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg 1687-IGW thaler Dav-7465A
This specimen was lot 29540 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $1,762.50. The catalog description noted, "Saxe-Gotha-Altenberg. Friedrich I Taler 1687-IGW XF45 PCGS, Gotha mint. A visually stunning specimen featuring a hexagram encircled by rays and clouds with the sun and moon on either side. Below, there is a crowned phoenix, holding a disk in his beak with alchemical symbols. A spectacular Taler, seldom encountered, with satiny patina and darker tone that clings to the devices. Rare." Saxe-Altenburg, one of the many splinters of ducal Saxony, was formed in 1573 and lapsed several times before its final extinction after World War One. One of its permutations, Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, survived 1680-1826.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM 60, Dav-7465A.
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