Schlick (15)28 thaler Dav-8148

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Sincona sale 23, lot 3131
This specimen was lot 3131 in Sincona sale 23 (Zurich, May 2015), where it sold for 2,000 CHF (about US$2,512 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Schlick, Stephan, Burian, Hieronymus II., Mathias, Wolfgang, Heinrich III., Caspar, Laurenz, 1487-1528 Taler 1528. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (Germany, county of Schlick, joint rule 1487-1528, thaler of 1528, very fine to extremely fine.)"
In the mid-fifteenth century, large deposits of silver were discovered in the Alps and Carpathian mountains. At the same time, the screw press, originally invented to crush grapes, was adapted to minting, enabling the production of large coins. Thus the guldiner (later called the thaler) was born. The counts of Schlick were the original proprietors of the mint at Joachimsthal, where the first "thalers" were struck. Schlick, in Bohemia, was not incorporated into the Hapsburg dominions until 1526.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 29.07 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-8148; Pavlicek/Schön48. Slg. Donebauer 3782.


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  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 23, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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