Transylvania 1622-NB thaler Dav-4715A
This specimen was lot 4450 in Goldberg sale 104 (Los Angeles, June 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Transylvania. Taler, 1622-NB. Gabriel Bethlen, 1613-1629. Harnessed bust right. Reverse: Crowned arms separating N - B. Boldly struck example with lovely original old toning. Choice Extremely 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. Most Transylvanian thalers, including this one, are scarce to rare even in circulated condition.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: Dav-4715A; KM-147.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 104: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2018.