Olmutz 1709 thaler Dav-1212

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Sincona sale 64, lot 1683
This specimen was lot 1683 in Sincona sale 63 (Zurich, June 2020), where it sold for 1,700 CHF (about US$2,130 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE - AUSTRIA | Olmütz, Bistum, Carl III. von Lothringen, 1695-1711. Taler 1709, Kremsier. Sehr schön. Kleiner Schrötlingsfehler. (bishopric of Olmutz, Charles III of Lorraine, 1695-1711, thaler of 1709, Kremsier mint. Very fine, Minor flan flaw.)"
This type was struck 1709-10. We don't know why this specimen realized eleven times its catalog value. The bishopric of Olmutz was then in Moravia and now in the Czech Republic. As Moravia was part of the Empire, we have included this issue with the German thalers. The bishop was also bishop of Osnabruck. He was promoted to archbishop of Trier in 1711 and died in 1715 at the age of 35.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 28.57 g.

Catalog reference: KM 386, Suchomel/Videman 578. Dav-1212.


  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona sale 63: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, SINCONA Bullion Auction, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2020.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.

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