Alsace (1564-95) thaler Dav-8092

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Sincona sale 33, lot 2728
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 2728 in Sincona sale 33 (Zurich, October 2016), where it sold for 500 CHF (about US$594 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE - AUSTRIA. Erzherzog Ferdinand II. 1564-1595 Taler o. J. Ensisheim In den beiden D von FERDINANDVS die Initialen I-B des Haller Stempelschneiders Jakob Bertorf. Selten, Sehr schön. (Holy Roman Empire, archduke Ferdinand II, 1564-95, undated thaler, Ensisheim mint. Inside the "D" of "FERDINANDUS" is the initials "I-B" of the engraver Jakob Bertorf. 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. None are rare. The variety with the "I-B" in the "D" is Davenport 8092C.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 28.31 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-8092C; Klemesch 224.


  • 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]Jürg Richter, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 33, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2016.

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