Saxony 1766-EDC Thaler Dav-2678
GERMANY. Saxony. Taler, 1766-EDC. NGC MS-64. Friedrich August III (1763-1827). Nice strike, lustrous and very attractive. Demarete Collection." The second specimen was lot 2820 in Sincona sale 26 (Zurich, October 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted,
"Sachsen, Kurfürstentum, Xaver, 1763-1768 Konventionstaler 1766. Dresden. Vorzüglich-FDC (Germany, electorate of Saxony, Xavier, 1763-68, convention thaler of 1766, Dresden mint. Extremely fine to uncirculated.)"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. After a brief reign of Friedrich Christian, Friedrich August III ascended to the electorate under the regency of Xavier (1763-68). This type is listed in the SCWC for 1764-68 but Dav-2682 is more common for 1766.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 28.06 g, .833 fine silver, the second specimen 27.94 g.
Catalog reference: Kahnt 1021. Buck 56. Schnee 1055. Dav-2678, KM-976.
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- 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.
- Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 26, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.