Schlick 1645 thaler Dav-3408

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Sincona sale 11, lot 2456
This specimen was lot 2456 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 2,400 CHF (about US$2,971 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Schlick Heinrich IV. 1612-1650. Taler 1645, Plan. Schrötlingsr. am Rd. und Prüfbohrloch. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (Germany, county of Schlick, Henry IV (1612-50), thaler of 1645, weakly struck on rims, test hole bored in the reverse, very fine to extremely fine.)"
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, whereupon the emperor confiscated the mint. This type, noted for 1645-49, was struck after the family recovered the mint.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 28.87 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-3408; KM 9, Pavlicek/Schön 111. Slg. Donebauer 3819.


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  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
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  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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