Wurzburg 1779-MP thaler Dav-2904

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Jean Elsen sale 126, lot 944
This specimen was lot 944 in Jean Elsen sale 126 (Brussels, September 2015), where it sold for €150 (about US$200 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ALLEMAGNE, WÜRZBURG, Evêché, Franz Ludwig von Erthal (1779-1795), AR Taler, 1779. D/ B. à d., vêtu du manteau épiscopal. R/ Armoiries. Beau à Très Beau. (bishopric of Wurzburg, Francis Louis of Erthal (1779-95), silver thaler of 1779. Obverse: bust right, in vestments; reverse: arms. Fine to very fine.)"
This three year type (1779-84) is common. It is one of three different types issued in that year. It varies from Dav-2903 in having the title of Bishop of Bamberg added to the obverse legend and the reverse arms modified accordingly.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 28.06 g, .833 fine silver, this specimen 27,68 g.

Catalog reference: Helmschrott 889, Dav-2904, KM 413.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., German Talers, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1965.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 126, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2015.

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