Austria 1558 thaler Dav-8027

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photo courtesy Stack's Bowers
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers
Jean Elsen sale 116, lot 1235
Austria 1558 thaler rev JElsen 116-1235.jpg
The first specimen was lot 1301 in Stack's Coin Galleries sale (Irvine, July 2011), where it sold for $454. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRIA. Taler, 1558. Ferdinand I (1521-64). Half-length armored form r. holding scepter. Rv. Eagle of Tyrol in heavy circle, over orb inscribed 72. Moderate wear, probably cleaned long ago. VERY FINE. Ex Edward Gans, March 1954." The second specimen was lot 1235 in Jean Elsen sale 116 (Brussels, March 2013), where it sold for €400 (about US$607 including buyers' fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"SAINT EMPIRE, Ferdinand Ier (1521-1564), AR Taler de 72 Kreuzer, 1558, Hall. Droit: B. barbu, cour. et cuirassé à droite, tenant un sceptre sur l'épaule et une épée. Revers: Aigle éployée, tête à gauche, aux armes du Tyrol. En dessous, valeur dans un globe crucigère. Provient de notre vente 67, 15 septembre 2001, 2307. Superbe (Holy Roman Empire, Ferdinand I (1521-64), silver thaler of 72 kreuzer, 1558, Hall mint. Obverse: bearded, crowned and armored bust to right, bearing a sword and sceptre; reverse: eagle displayed, head to left, with the arms of Tyrol, value below on orb. From Jean Elsen sale 67, lot 2307. Extremely fine.)"
This particular type is a very early thaler, struck 1556-58, and is a product of the Hall mint in Tyrol.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver; the second specimen is 30,88 g.

Catalog reference: M.T., 123; Voglh., 48/II; Dav-8027.


  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • [1]Van Valen, Frank, and Vicken Yegparian, The July 2011 Coin Galleries Sale, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers Galleries, 2011.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 116, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2013.

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