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ND (ca. 1574-1575). Ferdinand I (1521-64) Taler. Hall Mint. Posthumously struck coinage. DAV-8030. Obv: Crowned, armored and bearded half-length figure, (with elderly features) right, holding sword and scepter. Rev: Single headed heraldic eagle left, with shield including Austrian (stripes of Hapsburg) and Spanish (castle of Castile) arms. A rolling-dies mint was introduced in Austria during the rule of Ferdinand II (after 1564), which led previously to the wrong conclusion, that this rare type is a posthumous strike. Due to further research and numismatic discussions, the origin of the so called "Walzentaler" ("rolling-dies thaler") became more likely to be Augsburg, where the Emperor spent few more few months (January 1555 - September 1555). A nice specimen of this rare type, with raising popularity, especially after the discovery of its German-City-Mint origin!. Superb condition for this rare type. NGC MS-64.
1857. Austria, Empire. Franz Joseph I. Emperor, 1848-1916. 1857 Southern Railway 2 Thaler. Mint Place: Vienna (A). Engraver: Carl Radnitzky. Silver. 41mm. DAV-20. Herinek: 821. KM-2246.1. Variety. Mintage: 1,644. On 27 July 1857, the Austrian railway company k.k. Südliche Staatsbahn (SStB) completed the construction of Trieste's first railway facilities. On the same day, in the presence of the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I, the new terminal station at Trieste, including its relatively modest original passenger building designed by the engineer Carl Ritter von Ghega was officially opened. The inclusion of Trieste in the main axis of the Austrian Südbahn generated an economic upswing in the largest and most important port city ruled by the Austrian monarchy, and strengthened its position in the Habsburg Empire. The present day rail network of the city of Trieste is based, for the most part, upon railway lines constructed by the former Austrian Empire.
Scarce type with a very low total mintage of which a few have survived in this select premium quality. Iridescent piece with outstanding eye appeal and undergraded. PCGS MS-64.
1896. Hungary. Franz Joseph I. (1848-1916) Millennium George's Thaler. Kremnitz Mint. 45 mm . 26.78 g. Frühwald: 2206, Herinek 1107. Adamo KE11, Moravec 215. Mz .: 348, Gohl: N.K.1904.S.65, Tower: 897, Millenium coinage for the millennium celebration of the conquest of Hungary, applying Christian Hermann Roth designs depicting St. George slaying the dragon. Obv: Av: S: GEORGIVS • EQVITVM • PATRONVS • dragonfighting St. George's horse right, bottom of the year 1896. Rev: Rv: IN TEMPESTATE • SECVRITAS * in a sailboat storm, sleeping Jesus and the twelve apostles. Scarce with mintage of 100 pieces. NGC AU-55.
1910. France. France-Israel. Narcisse Leven/Alliance Israelite Universelle Bronze Medal, 1910. Paris Mint. GEM UNCIRCULATED. Diameter: 59mm; Weight: 97.80 gms. By E. Hannaux. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Alliance Israelite Universelle. Obverse: Bust left; Reverse: Muse standing right, with back facing, inscribing the Ten Commandments on shield affixed to oak tree; Moorish-style synagogue in background. Edge: [cornucopia] BRONZE. Rich brown surfaces, with lighter highlights and a slightly matte nature. A SCARCE and interesting judaica-related issue.
A Paris-based organization founded in 1860, the Alliance Israelite Universelle is a worldwide philanthropic group created by French statesman Adolphe Cremieux with the goal of ensuring Jewish human rights around the world. Narcisse Leven was a secretary to Cremieux, and he became involved with the organization as well, serving as its secretary (1863-1883), vice-president (1883-1898), and finally president (1898-1915, his death).