Saxe-Weissenfels 1686-SQ thaler Dav-7663
This specimen was lot 30910 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $5,040. The catalog description noted, "Saxe-Weissenfels. Johann Adolf I Taler 1686-SQ MS63 NGC, Weissenfels mint. Intricately detailed over both sides with alluring intermingled gold, rose and blue iridescent tone that sits atop surfaces that possess impressive reflective gleam. A rare type, struck upon the death of Johann Adolf I's wife, and long adored for its depiction of Christ, staff in hand, carrying a lamb on his shoulders. Easily the finest quality we've seen for the issue as well, and as such, sure to excite the collector specializing in elite pictorial issues. From the Jamestown Collection." This type is rare and expensive. The line fell extinct in 1756 and the duchy was absorbed by the Elector of Saxony.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM 20, Dav-7663.
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- Davenport, John S., German Secular Talers, 1600-1700, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1976.
- Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.