Austria 1518 guldiner Dav-8006

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Sincona sale 1, lot 1416
This specimen was lot 1416 in SINCONA sale 1 (Zurich, June 2011), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Maximilian I. 1493-1519. Guldiner 1518, St. Veit. Brustbild des Kaisers mit Barett und Ordenskette nach rechts. Rv. Gekröntes Wappen, zu den Seiten und darunter neun kleine Wappen. Winz. Schrötlingsr. Gutes sehr schön. (Maximilian I, 1493-1519, guldiner of 1518, St. Veit mint. Obverse: bust of the emperor in beret and chain of the Golden Fleece; reverse: crowned arms with seven smaller shields. Good very 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. This issue is among the first dated coins in Europe.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver; this specimen 28,67 g.

Catalog reference: Voglhuber 23. Dav-8006.


  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • [1]SINCONA AG, Munzen, Medaillen & Banknoten Auktion 1, Zurich, 2011.

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