Saxony 1657 thaler Dav-7630

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 10349
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 10349 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $1,292. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. Saxony. Taler, 1657. NGC AU-55. Johann Georg II (1656-80). Death of Ferdinand III. Toned, nice strike, attractive. NGC AU-55. Demarete Collection." 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. The elector also issued a quarter thaler (KM 457), a half thaler (KM 458), a double thaler (Dav-LS398), a triple thaler (Dav-LS397), a quadruple thaler (Dav-LS396), a single ducat (KM 463) and a double ducat (KM 464) on this occasion. We may assume he thought it was a big deal.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-7630; KM-481.


  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.

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