It's been some time since I last posted to my journal. I have lots of new coins to share but I will start with one that is connected to two of my older posts. Since I have been fortunate to maintain my income close to that at the beginning of the pandemic, I have taken advantage of the surge in interesting coins appearing at auction this year. I won't speculate as to why the numismatic areas that I follow have experienced a bountiful supply, as there are many likely reasons, but I have answered with my demand.
The featured coin of this post is a lovely 1560 Mansfeld thaler that I acquired this Spring. What makes it noteworthy is that it replaces the Mansfeld thaler that I sold to a fellow collector that specializes in that region. I do not regret that sale and the collector responded with a wonderfully detailed write up on the Mansfeld region and the House of Mansfeld and their coinage in the 16th and 17th century. Although my replacement coin is of the same date and mint (Eisleben) it is a different variety (DAV-9481, according to the NGC label). However, it is extraordinarily well struck for a hammered coin of the 16th century.