Schlick (1510-28) thaler Dav-8141
This specimen was lot 23122 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description noted, "Schlick. Stephan el al Taler ND (1510-28), XF40 NGC, nicely toned and original with well-struck details. Very scarce and popular early Taler struck in the name of Ludwig II of Bohemia." In the mid-fifteenth century, large deposits of silver were discovered in the Alps and Carpathian mountains. At the same time, the screw press, originally invented to crush grapes, was adapted to minting, enabling the production of large coins. Thus the guldiner (later called the thaler) was born. The counts of Schlick were the original proprietors of the mint at Joachimsthal, where the first "thalers" were struck. Schlick, in Bohemia, was not incorporated into the Hapsburg dominions until 1526.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: Dav-8141.
- Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
- Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.