Transylvania 1660-NB thaler Dav-4756

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Kunker sale 263, lot 2129
This specimen was lot 2129 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €1,800 (about US$2,325 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SIEBENBÜRGEN, FÜRSTEN Georg Rakoczi II. 1648-1660. Reichstaler 1660, NB, Nagybánya. R Hübsche Patina, Zainende, sehr schön-vorzüglich. (principality of Transylvania, George Rakoczi II, 1648-60, thaler of 1660, Nagy banya mint. Scarce, toned, clipped, very fine to extremely fine.)"
Like most coins of Transylvania, this type (struck 1659-60 only) is scarce 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." The SCWC notes many varieties for 1660, including Dav-4756, -4757, -4757A, -4758, -4759, -4761, -4762, -4763, -4764 and -4765.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-4756; Resch 156, KM 311A.


  • 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]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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