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Lot 194

Estimate: 100'000 CHF   |   Starting price: 80'000 CHF Price realized: 200'000 CHF
10 Dukaten 1668, Hall. Geprägt mit den Stempeln des Reichstalers. LEOPOLDVS D G ROM IMP S A G H B REX. Belorbeertes Brustbild mit umgelegter Vlieskette nach rechts // ARCHID AVST DVX BV CO TYR. Gekröntes Wappen. Fr. ­ (cf. 311, 9 Dukaten); M.z.A.S. ­ (cf. 167, 9 Dukaten). 34,54 g. GOLD. Von allergrösster Seltenheit. Unikum. Winz. Feilspuren am Rd., ansonsten vorzügliches Prachtexemplar

Provenance: Auktion NGSA 6, Genf 2010, Los n°356.

Hall is a town in the Innsbruck-Land district of Tyrol, Austria. Located at an altitude of 574 m, about 5 km east of the state's capital Innsbruck in the Inn valley. Since the 13th century the salt mine at Absam in the Hall Valley north of the town formed the main industry of the town and its surroundings. The first adit was laid out in 1272 at the behest of Count Meinhard II of Tyrol, with the brine channeled by a 10 km long pipeline to the evaporation pond at Hall. The importance of the salt industry, which exported goods as far as Switzerland, the Black Forest, and the Rhine valley, is reflected in Hall's coat of arms, which shows two lions holding a cask of salt. In 1303 Hall became a town. The rights that came with this, as well as the business associated with trading from Hall downriver on Inn and Danube, turned it into the leading market and trading place in the northern parts of Tyrol. In 1477 it got the right of coinage, when the Tyrolian mint was moved from Meran to Hall. It was here, in 1486, that the first high-grade silver Taler was coined. In the 16th century the mint in Hall also introduced the world's first automated coining machine. Today a reconstruction of this revolutionary machine can be seen in the Hall Mint Museum in the Burg Hasegg. In the 15th and 16th century, Hall was one of the most important towns in the Habsburg Empire. This period saw the construction of many of the churches, monasteries and convents that still shape the appearance of the town. Today Hall has the biggest intact old town in the western part of Austria.

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