Five rare silver coins found on the outskirts of York during World War II are to be sold at auction on 16th September 2008 in Tennants specialist Coin Sale. Known as Thalers, these 17th century coins all have loops attached to them and could have formed part of a piece of decorative jewellery. They were probably made in Bavaria in southern Germany in the 1690’s and are of high quality silver. It is not known how they came to be found so far from their German origins, but they were unearthed in Yorkshire by a farmer during ploughing and are now being sold by his daughter.
The Thalers show images of Johann Georg I, elector of Saxony dated 1612, Archduke Leopold of Austria as count of Tyrol dated 1632, Emperor Ferdinand III dated 1643, Emperor Leopold I dated 1694 and Maximilian II Emanuel, elector of Bavaria dated 1694.
These five coins are to be sold as a single lot with an estimate of £500-£800.
Tennants are now inviting entries for their Winter Coin Sale to be held December 2008. Please contact Jeff Gardiner at Tennants on +44 (0)1969 623780 for more information