Saxe-Neu-Weimar 1717 thaler Dav-2753
This specimen was lot 29881 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it sold for $2,115. The catalog description noted, "Saxe-Weimar. Wilhelm Ernst Taler 1717 MS62 NGC. Struck to commemorate the Duke's birthday and his Pious Foundations featuring the draped bust of Wilhelm and a stunning city-view of Wilhelmsburg with the sun shining down from the upper right, a four-line inscription, and the date in Roman numerals. An impressively-sized selection with shimmering patina and delicate pastel luster that envelopes the surfaces in glorious color. Typical for the type, adjustment marks run through the portrait of the Duke, but fortunately miss the features of his face and blend well into the surrounding tone. SCWC lists this piece at $3,500 in XF with no recorded price in UNC, suggesting that this piece is rarely encountered in mint-state, and is highly-desirable as such. Ex. Ernst Otto Horn Collection." Saxe-Neu-Weimar was one of the splinter states erected during one of the many divisions of Saxony in the seventeenth century. The line went extinct in 1741 and passed to Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. This one year type is rare.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: Dav-2753, KM 144.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Davenport, John S., German Talers, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1965.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3040, featuring the Santa Maria, the Alan Dean and the Valley View Life Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.