Saxe-Lauenburg 1680 thaler Dav-7359

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Kunker sale 263, lot 981
Lauenburg in 1789, as part of Hannover
This specimen was lot 981 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €1,600 (about US$2,067 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"LAUENBURG, HERZOGTUM Julius Franz, 1666-1689. Reichstaler 1680, Lauenburg. RR Attraktives Exemplar mit feiner Patina, kl. Prägeschwäche, sehr schön-vorzüglich. (Germany, duchy of Lauenburg, Julius Francis, 1666-89, thaler of 1680, Lauenburg mint. Rare, attractive example, toned, cleaned, very fine to extremely fine.)"
Lauenburg, upstream of the Elbe from Hamburg, was ruled by a family of Saxon dukes from 1260 until 1689, whereupon it was annexed by Brunswick-Luneburg. The thalers from this locale are generally rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: KM-128; Dav-7359; Dorfmann 121; Schnee A 53.


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  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Davenport, John S., German Secular Talers, 1600-1700, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1976.
  • [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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