HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE, County of Tirol. Sigismund der Münzreiche, Archduke of Austria, 1446-1496. Guldiner (Silver, 40 mm, 31.76 g, 4 h), the first taler-sized coin ever issued, with dies engraved by Wenzel Kröndl, Hall, mintmaster Bernhard Beheim the Elder, 1486. SIGISMVNDVS - ARChIDVX.AVSTRIE. Sigismund, wearing the archducal crown, full armor and a cloak, standing facing, holding a mace-headed scepter in his right hand and resting his left on his sword pommel; in field to left, shield, with the arms of Austria, held by a lion; to right, crowned tournament helmet with peacock feathers; inner border of arcs, pierced by the archduke's head and feet. Rev. Sigismund, wearing full tournament armor, a helmet with the Hapsburg peacock feathers and fluttering ribbons and holding a banner-tipped lance in his right hand, riding a galloping horse, with armor and a fluttering caparison, to right; below horse, 1486; around the edge, beginning at the top right, 16 shields bearing the arms of: Burgau, Upper Austria, Pfirt, Habsburg, Austria, Windisch Mark, Carinthia, large shield bearing the arms of Old-Austria with five eagles, Styria, Krain, Portenau, Montfort-Feldkirch, Tirol, Kyburg, Alsace and Nellenburg. Davenport 8087A. Levinson IV-49a. LHS 95, 2005, 267 (same dies). Moes.-Dwor. 91. Schulten 4424 var. Voglhuber 1/III. Vom Taler zum Dollar 3/10 var. Very rare; a coin of great numismatic and historical importance, very attractively toned and most impressive. Fields smoothed long ago, as usual, otherwise, about extremely fine.
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