Austria (1564-95) 2 thaler Dav-8118

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Sincona sale 47, lot 2000
This specimen was lot 2000 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 1,500 CHF (about US$1,800 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Heiliges Romisch Reich, Erzherzog Ferdinand II. 1564-1595. Doppeltaler o. J. Hall. Brustbild mit Reihermütze. Gutes sehr schön. Hübsche Patina. (Holy Roman Empire, Austria, archduke Ferdinand II, 1564-95, undated double thaler, Hall mint, bust in fur cap. Good very fine, Attractive patina.)"
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 57.50 g.

Catalog reference: Moser/Tursky 311/309. Dav-8118.


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  • [1] Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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