Transylvania 1650-NB thaler Dav-4750
This specimen was lot 4451 in Goldberg sale 104 (Los Angeles, June 2018), where it sold for $2,520. The catalog description noted, "Transylvania. Taler, 1650-NB. Georg Rakoczi II, 1648-1660. Half figure right with fur hat and holding sceptre. Reverse: Crowned arms dividing N - B. Minor trace of mount on edge, otherwise well struck and toned. 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. Most Transylvanian thalers, including this one, are scarce to rare even in circulated condition. This is one of seven different thalers issued in 1650.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: Dav-4750; KM-281.
- 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.