Austria (1564-95) 2 thaler Dav-8117

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Sincona sale 23, lot 2964
This specimen was lot 2964 in Sincona sale 23 (Zurich, May 2015), where it sold for 17,000 CHF (about US$21,354 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"RDR/ÖSTERREICH, Erzherzog Ferdinand II. 1564-1595 Doppeltaler o. J. Hall. Sehr selten. Sehr schön. (Austria, archduke Ferdinand II (1564-95), double thaler without date, very rare, very fine.)"
Davenport notes a considerable number of thalers and multiple thalers struck for the archduke, Dav-8088 thru Dav-8103, all without dates. This type is noted as a posthumous pattern, so we have attributed it to the year 1595.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 57.32 g.

Catalog reference: M.T. 309, Dav-8117.


  • 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]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 23, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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