A rare silver triple reichstaler is one of many highlights in two
auctions from Fritz Rudolf Künker on Feb. 2 in Berlin.
The 1617 coin of Pomerania-Stettin, issued for Duke of Pomerania
Philip II, marks the centennial or Jubilee of the Reformation.
According to auction house, the example in the Feb. 2 sale is perhaps
the third-known example and “probably the only specimen on the market.”
It depicts Martin Luther on the obverse, kneeling before an altar in
a church, holding scriptures in his left hand, in a scene dated 1517.
The reverse shows a priest holding similar holy text(s), in an
elaborate church setting, but dated one century later, the same year
that the coin was issued.
John Davenport catalogs this coin as Dav-7227 in German Talers, his
magnum opus about the silver taler and multiple taler coins issued
across the German-speaking lands during the Holy Roman Empire.
The coin weighs 86.93 grams.
This example, cataloged as Almost Extremely Fine by the auction
house, realized a hammer price of €80,000 ($109,478 U.S.) when it sold
at Künker’s auction in Berlin on Jan. 27, 2011.
For the 2017 auction, the coin has an estimate of €75,000 ($77,983 U.S.).
For more details about the auction, visit the firm’s website.