1694 Austria Taler Salzburg Dav-3510 NGC AU55. KM-254. This beautifully toned, Choice About Uncirculated 1694 Austrian Taler has gun-metal gray devices against light bluish-gray fields, surrounded by darker tan and brown borders. The colors attest to the coin’s originality. It is well struck with full details on the center of the Archbishop and the shield below. The surfaces are extremely clean for the grade with no notable abrasion marks or other distractions.
Salzburg was an ecclesiastical state between Bavaria and Austria that was usually ruled by one of the Hapsburg monarchs. In the 17th century it had several productive silver mines. Johann Ernst von Thun was prince who was also the archbishop. He issued many talers such as the present piece. It was struck from 1687 to 1709. These silver crowns were listed by John Davenport is his catalog of crowns of the world and are a thorough and accurate examination of the topic.
The obverse shows the Madonna and child over the Cardinal’s hatted coat of arms. The reverse shows the standing figure of St. Rupert behind the arms.
Salzburg is a city between Austria and Germany. It was the leading trade and religious center of the Austrian-Holy Roman Empire, and one of the most prolific coining entities. It is sometimes listed as Austrian and sometimes listed as German. In Krause’s Standard Catalog of World Coins, it is described as, “A town of the Austro-Bavarian frontier which grew up around a monastery and bishopric that was founded circa 700. It was raised to the rank of archbishopric in 798. In 1803, Salzburg was secularized and given to Archduke Ferdinand of Austria. In 1805, it was annexed to Austria….It became a crownland in 1849, remaining so until becoming g part of the Austrian Republic in 1918."
Specifications: Silver Dav-1234; 3510 KM-254
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