POLAND. Lithuania. Taler, 1585. Vilnius Mint. Stephan Bathori. PCGS AU-53. H-Cz-6745A (R7); Kop-3391 (R7); Kur-330 (R8); Gum-864. Obverse: Crowned and armored bust of Stephan right, holding scepter in his left hand; Reverse: Crowned coat-of-arms of Poland and Lithuania, date flanking. An <strong>INCREDIBLE RARITY </strong>from the Vilnius Mint, this Taler stands as one of the most challenging European Crowns ever produced in terms of collectability. This example retains exceptional details, with almost no evidence of handling noticed on the surfaces. Much beautiful luster is retained, along with an almost glowing ambiance of toning. An entrancing coin, that would serve as a capstone piece in any collection of Polish issues, or among European crowns more generally. From the Anthony J. Taraszka Collection.
Ex: Kunker 64 (03/2001) Lot #3235.