Saxony 1764-EDC thaler Dav-2681
This specimen was lot 40563 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $4,994. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Saxony. Taler, 1764-EDC. NGC MS-65. Friedrich August III (1763-1827). RARE type. Lustrous and attractive, a sharply struck gem. From the Demarete Collection." Most Saxon thalers of the period 1660-1760 are scarce. The elector Friedrich August II's attempt to conquer and rule Poland as well as Saxony impoverished both countries. This thaler was issued the year after the old man died; after a brief reign of Friedrich Christian, Friedrich August III ascended to the electorate under the regency of Xavier (1763-68). This type is over double the price of the other thalers of 1764 (Dav-2680a, Dav-2678).
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: Dav-2681; KM-977.2.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.