Saxony 1691-IK thaler Dav-7645
This specimen was lot 723 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $1,762.50. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Saxony. Albertine Line. Taler, 1691-IK. Johann Georg III (1680-91). NGC Mint Error MS-61. Double struck and rotated as noted by NGC, while certainly true as evidenced on the reverse by clear signs of the understrike inscription running perpendicular to the final strike not exactly an error in the way we think of them today and could probably best be described as a 'do-over' when the initial strike was either weak or uneven. Nevertheless the extensive triple legend and fifteen line reverse inscription are full and legible, and the portrait of Johann Georg is fairly well defined. Evenly toned and attractive. From the Rockaway Collection." Saxony, one of the larger divisions of Germany and blessed with numerous silver mines, issued large numbers of thalers.
Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.
Catalog reference: KM-617; Schnee-973, Dav-7645.
- 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.