Saxony 1766-EDC Thaler Dav-2678

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40565
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC
Sincona sale 26, lot 2820
Saxony in 1648
The first specimen was lot 40565 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $2,875. The catalog description[1] noted, "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[2] 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.


  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.
  • [2]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 26, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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