Saxony 1687 thaler Dav-7641
This specimen was lot 722 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $4,112.50. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Saxony. Albertine Line. Taler, 1687. Johann Georg III (1680-91). NGC AU-58. Struck to commemorate the death of his mother Magdalena Sibylla. Well struck with light attractive grey toning." Saxony, one of the larger divisions of Germany and blessed with numerous silver mines, issued large numbers of thalers. The SCWC notes that Magdalena Sibylla was the duke's wife, not his mother.
Recorded mintage: unknown but very scarce.
Catalog reference: KM-597; Schnee-967; Mers-1212, Dav-7641.
- 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.