Transylvania 1627-NB thaler Dav-4720

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Sincona sale 4, lot 5927
This specimen was lot 5927 in Sincona sale 4 (Zurich, October 2011), where it sold for 3,800 CHF (about US$5,054 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"UNGARN Gabriel Bethlen, 1613-1629 Taler 1627, Nagybanya. Geharnischtes Brustbild nach rechts. Rv. Wappen auf gekrönter, verzierter Wappenkartusche. Gutes sehr schön. (Hungary, Gabriel Bethlen, 1613-29, thaler of 1627, Nagybanya mint. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: crowned arms. Good very fine.)"
Like most coins of Transylvania, this type (struck 1627-28) is rare and expensive. As Transylvania was never part of the Holy Roman Empire and was not at this point controlled by the Hapsburgs, we have not included it in the "silver thalers of Germany."

Recorded Mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 28,48 g.

Catalog reference: Huszar 381, Resch 393ff, Dav. 4720, KM 182.


  • 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.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes: Auction 4, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2011.

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