Transylvania 1597-NB thaler Dav-8808
This specimen was lot 40810 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $5,581. The catalog description noted, "TRANSYLVANIA. Taler, 1597-NB. NGC AU-58. Sigismund Bathory (1581-1602). Attractively toned, sharply struck. From the Demarete Collection." 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.
Catalog reference: Dav-8808; Resch-223.
- Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.