Transylvania 1565 thaler Dav-8796

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Sincona sale 18, lot 3975
Transylvania or Siebenburgen in 1559, from Putzger's Atlas
This specimen was lot 3975 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 1,500 (about US$1,976 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Taler 1565. Notgeld. Einseitig. Gutes sehr schön. (Transylvania, thaler of 1565, necessity, uniface, good very fine.)"
The princes of Transylvania were sandwiched between the Ottoman Empire to the south and the Hapsburg dominions to the west and attempted to maintain independence from both. The Hapsburgs reconquered Hungary from the Turks in the 1680's and ended Transylvanian autonomy.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver; this specimen is 28.45 g.

Catalog reference: Huszar 54. Resch 50, Dav-8796.


  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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