Schleswig-Holstein 1788-MF 60 schilling Dav-1311

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Jean Elsen sale 117, lot 1744
Schleswig Holstein 1788 speciedaler rev JElsen 117-1744.jpg
This specimen was lot 1744 in Jean Elsen sale 117 (Brussels, June 2013), where it sold for €120 (about US$189 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DANEMARK, SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN, Christian VII (1766-1808), AR Speciedaler (60 Schilling), 1788 B-MF, Altona. Droit: Tête à droite. Revers: Ecu ovale couronné, entre 1-SP. Beau à Très Beau. (Denmark, Schleswig-Holstein, Christian VII (1766-1808) silver speciedaler of sixty schilling of 1788, Altona mint. Obverse: head to right; reverse: crowned oval arms divide value. Fine to very fine.)"
This thaler was struck 1787-1808 by the king of Denmark in his capacity as duke of Schleswig-Holstein. A very similar design was used for an 1801 speciedaler in Denmark (KM 651) but is much rarer. Post-1800 issues of this type are catalogued as Dav-70. Schleswig was Danish-speaking while Holstein was German; the conflicts arising therefrom led to the whole region being conquered and annexed by Prussia in the 1860's.

Recorded mintage: 644,000.

Specification: 28.89 g, .875 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 138.1, Dav-1311, Hede, 39A.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 117: Collection Jean-Jacques Symoens, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2013.

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