Saxony 1657 2 thaler Dav-LS398
This specimen was lot 680 in Ponterio sale 182 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $11,750. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Saxony. 2 Taler, 1657. NGC MS-63. Johann George II (1656-80). Death of Ferdinand III. Sharply struck, lustrous and exceptionally choice. Finest graded by NGC. Pedigree: Ex: Johann Max Collection. Harold Moller auction, Nov. 2007, lot #878." Saxony, one of the larger divisions of Germany and blessed with numerous silver mines, issued large numbers of thalers. This type was issued 1657-58 only to commemorate the death of the emperor Ferdinand III. A single thaler (Dav-7630) also exists.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: Dav-7529; Dav-LS398; KM-460.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 182: The January 2014 NYINC Auction: World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stacks Bowers LLC.