Schlick 1526 thaler Dav-8142

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Sincona sale 11, lot 2455
This specimen was lot 2455 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 2,400 CHF (about US$2,971 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Schlick Stephan, Burian, Hieronymus II., Mathias, Wolfgang, Heinrich III., Caspar, Laurenz, 1487-1526. Taler 1526, Joachimsthal. Gutes sehr schön. (Germany, county of Schlick, Stephan (1505-26), thaler of 1526, Joachimsthal mint. Good very 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 29.00 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-8142; Pavlicek/Schön 29. Slg. Donebauer 3763.


  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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