Schlick 1677 thaler Dav-3413

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Sincona sale 51, lot 3777
This specimen was lot 3777 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 5,500 CHF (about US$6,634 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Schlick, Grafschaft, Franz Josef, 1675-1740. Taler 1677, Prag. Mit Titel von Leopold I. Sehr selten. Fast vorzüglich. Felder leicht geglättet und kleine Henkelspur. (Germany, county of Schlick, Francis Joseph, 1675-1740, thaler of 1677, Prague mint, struck in the name of Leopold I. Very rare, About extremely fine, Fields slightly tooled and small mount mark.)"
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. The counts of Schlick were the original proprietors of the mint at Joachimsthal, where the first "thalers" were struck. Schlick, in Bohemia, was not incorporated into the Hapsburg dominions until 1526, whereupon the emperor confiscated the mint. This type was struck after the family recovered the mint. It was accompanied by a half thaler (KM 25). They represent the last issues of the seventeenth century.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 28.97 g.

Catalog reference: Holzmair 74. Dav-3413, KM 26.


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  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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