Speyer 1770-AS 1/2 thaler
This specimen was lot 20662 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Chicago, August 2019), where it sold for $552. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Speyer. 1/2 Taler, 1770-AS. Damian August Philipp Karl von Limburg-Vehlen-Styrum. NGC MS-64. Struck for the accession of Damian August Philipp. Featuring dark, original toning with bold luster in the protected areas. The appearance further benefits from a bold strike, with legends that are complete and central designs that rise prominently from the flat fields. The now-legendary pedigree should serve as 'icing on the cake' for the potentially-interested collector. The bishop also issued a 10 Kreuzer, 1/8 Taler, 1/4 Taler, Taler and Ducat for this event. Coinage ceased after 1772." The bishopric of Speyer was an enclave in the Palatinate and was annexed by Napoleon in 1801. After his fall, the town passed to Bavaria.
Recorded mintage: 5,000.
Catalog reference: KM-68.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The August 2019 Chicago ANA Auction: World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.