Thorn 1662-HD L 18 groszy

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Künker sale 293, lot 2139
This specimen was lot 2139 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €380 (about US$512 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"POLEN, THORN, Stadt. 18-Gröscher (Ort, 1/4 Reichstaler) 1662, mit Titel Johann Kasimirs (1649-1668). Mit Münzmeisterzeichen HD-L auf der Wappenseite (Hans David Lauer, Münzmeister in Thorn 1649-1668). Sehr schön-vorzüglich. Exemplar der Slg. Bernhard Terletzki. (Poland, city of Thorn, 18 groszy or quarter thaler of 1662, struck in the name of John Casimir, 1649-68, with mintmaster's initials "HD-L" on the obverse. Very fine to extremely fine.)"
This denomination, struck at Thorn in various styles 1650-68, seems to be unique to Poland. The SCWC notes that it traded for a quarter thaler but may only have been a fifth.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Dutkowski/Suchanek 1653; Kopicki 8326 (R1), KM-35.

Sources:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 293: Münzen aus Mittelalter und Neuzeit u. a. die westfälischen Privatsammlungen Werner Bröker und Bernd Terletzki, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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