Transylvania 1629-NB thaler Dav-4724

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Jean Elsen sale 106, lot 823
Transylvania 1629 thaler rev JElsen 106-823.jpg
This specimen was lot 823 in Jean Elsen sale 106 (Brussels, September 2010), where it sold for 2,000 euro. The catalog description[1] noted,
"SAINT EMPIRE, TRANSYLVANIE (SIEBENBÜRGEN), Gabriel Bethlen (1613-1629), AR Taler, 1629 NB, Nagybanya. Droit : B. cuirassé à droite, coiffé d'une toque ornée d'une plume, tenant un sceptre sur l'épaule. Revers : Ecu couronné. Rare. Très Beau." (Holy Roman Empire, Transylvania, Gabriel Bethlen (1613-29), silver thaler of 1629, Nagybanya mint. Obverse: armored bust to right with plumed hat, holding a scepter on the shoulder; reverse: crowned arms. Rare, Very Fine.)
Like most coins of Transylvania, this type (struck 1628-29) 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 28,24 g.

Catalog reference: Resch-507; Davenport-4724.


  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 106, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2010.

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