Alsace (1564-95) 2 thaler Dav-8093

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30326
Austria c1564 2 thaler rev H3029-30326.jpg
Ensisheim in upper Alsace. The political situation is of 1477, on the collapse of the Burgundians. Upper Alsace would be ruled by the Hapsburgs until 1648 when it passed to France.

This specimen was lot 30326 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description[1] noted, "Archduke Ferdinand 2 Talers ND (1564-95), Ensisheim mint, AU55 NGC. Obv. Crowned and armored bust right. Rev. Crowned coat-of-arms within Order of the Golden Fleece. Rich gunmetal-gray color with traces of original silvery luster. The well-struck surfaces are free of notable flaws." Davenport notes a considerable number of thalers and multiple thalers struck for the archduke, Dav-8088 thru Dav-8103, all without dates. None are rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-8093, M/T-574.


  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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