Saxony 1693-IK thaler Dav-7647
This specimen was lot 30916 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $5,760. The catalog description noted, "Saxony. Johann Georg IV Taler 1693-IK MS63 NGC, Dresden mint. Exalted quality for this rare and desirable issue, possessing vivid rainbow-colored tone over lustrous surfaces, with only light evidence of handling that blends with the surfaces, a touch of striking weakness in Johann Georg IV's hair curls, as well as a small as-made planchet void near the plumes atop the helmet in front of his bust. Among the very finest survivors we've seen of this type, and presently the single finest graded at NGC for any date, with an accompanying value in the Standard Catalog of World Coins of $8,500 in MS60. From the Jamestown Collection." This type of 1691-94 is, surprisingly, rarer than the klippe thaler (Dav-7649) of the same year. The prosperity of Saxony declined after the elector embroiled it in wars over the Polish succession.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: Dav-7647; KM 618.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.