Livonia 1629-MW thaler Dav-4587

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Sincona sale 6, lot 1750
This specimen was lot 1750 in Sincona sale 6 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 6,250 CHF (about US$7,691 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"LETTLAND Gustav II. Adolf, 1621-1632. Taler 1629, Riga. Zwei Löwen halten die Torburg, worüber gekreuzte Schlüssel und Kreuz. Im Gitter Löwenkopf. Darunter die Initialen M – W des Münzmeisters Martin Wulff. Rv. Gekröntes, geharnischtes Hüftbild mit geschultertem Schwert nach rechts. Die Rückseitenumschrift endet mit VA. Kr. am Rand. Sehr schön. (Latvia, Gustavus II Adolphus of Sweden, 1621-32, thaler of 1629, Riga mint, mintmaster Martin Wulff. Obverse: crowned, armored half-length bust with naked sword facing right; reverse: two lions support the city gate, crossed keys above, lion's head below, very fine.)"
The Swedish rulers of Livonia (now Latvia) issued a variety of thalers for Riga in the seventeenth century, all rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver; this specimen is 28,50 g.

Catalog reference: Ahlström 4, Hagander 130, Neumann 28, Dav-4587, KM 16.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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