Wurzburg 1693-IMW thaler Dav-5994
This specimen was lot 30933 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $1,380. The catalog description noted, "Wurzburg. Johann Gottfried II Taler 1693-IMV AU55 NGC, Wurzburg mint. Most pleasing in this lightly circulated quality, featuring the obverse portrait of Johann Gottfried II with reverse helmeted arms and divided date below. The massive surfaces show a layer of golden coloration beneath the mostly even gunmetal patina, while both sides of the flan express deeply impressed design illustrations. Very faint adjustment marks transect the bust and the obverse features evidence of clashed dies, but these character-building eccentricities just add to the originality of this offering." The Bishop of Wurzburg in central Germany struck thalers on occasion but most are rare. This one and the accompanying issue of 1693 (Dav-5993) are only scarce. Wurzburg thalers from the eighteenth century are much more available.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM 206, Dav-5994.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.