Saxony 1707-ILH thaler Dav-2649

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Kunker sale 263, lot 1211
This specimen was lot 1211 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €11,000 (about US$14,210 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SACHSEN, KURFÜRSTENTUM Friedrich August I. 1694-1733 (August der Starke). Reichstaler 1707, Dresden. Geharnischtes Brustbild r. mit Lorbeerkranz und Umhang//Gekröntes, vierfeldiges Wappen mit Mittelschild, umher sechs kleine Wappenschilde. Sehr selten, besonders in dieser Erhaltung. Prachtexemplar. Herrliche Patina, vorzüglich-Stempelglanz. (Electorate of Saxony, Frederick August I, 1694-1733 (Augustus the Strong), thaler of 1707, Dresden mint. Armored, mantled, laureate bust to right; reverse: crowned, quartered arms with six small shields around. Very rare, especially in this quality, proof, toned, extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
This type of 1706-07 is rare. The exhaustion of the fighting in Poland rendered the Saxon state prostrate, and most of the thalers of this period are rare. Prosperity (and high mintages) would not return until the reign of Friedrich August III (1763-1806).

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: silver; this specimen 29.08 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-2649; Schnee 1004, KM 750.


  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., German Talers, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1965.

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