Saxe-Old Gotha 1638-EF thaler Dav-7439
This specimen was lot 710 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $1,061.03. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Saxe-Old-Gotha. Taler, 1638. Johann Ernst (1633-38). NGC AU-55. Finest certified. Minor planchet flaws on both sides. Dark pearlescent toning. Nice details. From the Rockaway Collection." 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-Old Gotha, survived 1565-1638. This rare type is listed for 1637-38.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM-178, Dav-7439.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.