Wurttemberg-Oels 1675-SP thaler Dav-7891

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Sincona sale 6, lot 885
Oels in Silesia in 1648
This specimen was lot 885 in Sincona sale 6 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 11,000 CHF (about US$13,536 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND Württemberg-Öls, Herzogtum Sylvius Friedrich, 1664-1697. Reichstaler 1675, Öls. Münzmeister Samuel Pfahler. Büste mit Löwenkopfschulter und grosser Perücke rechts. Rv. Vierfach behelmtes Wappen zwischen 16 – 75 und S–P. Sehr selten. Etwas unregelmässig getönt. Sonst fast FDC. (Duchy of Württemberg-Öls, Silvius Frederick, 1664-97, thaler of 1675, Oels mint, mintmaster Samuel Pfahler. Obverse: armored, peruked bust to right; reverse: quadruple helmented arms divide date and mintmaster's initials. Very rare, toned, choice uncirculated.)"
Silesia was under Austrian rule until the 1740's. The duchy of Oels, formerly one of the Munsterberg estates, fell to a junior branch of the dukes of Wurttemberg in 1647 and was ruled by them until the whole region was conquered by Frederick the Great of Prussia during the War of the Austrian Succession.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: F+S 2300var, KM 17, Dav-7891.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Davenport, John S., German Secular Talers, 1600-1700, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1976.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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