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August II the Strong, a quarter / 8 pennies (1708/10) - MOTIL - rare

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Grade: XF
Reference: Kopicki 11136 (R6), Kahnt 261, Slg. Merseburger 1576

A unique numismatic coin compared to the whole, very rare issue.

The quarter talar is the only denomination in the entire series with a different representation of a butterfly. It is shown in flight, from the side, instead of from above, as on the other denominations. Noticeably rarer than at least the thalers of this issue.

Augustus II's minting, like his life, was very diverse and interesting. He minted not only numerous issues of circulation coins, both for the Republic and Saxony, but also numerous commemorative issues. The most famous of these is a series of coins with butterflies, called"Schmetterlingprägungen" by the Germans. It is one of the most beautiful series minted by Polish kings.

Today we do not know a clear answer as to what was the reason for its minting. It is attributed to the desire to commemorate the king's mistress, Anna Konstancja von Hoyn, the famous Countess Cosel. It is also linked to the construction in Dresden, in 1709, of the magnificent Zwinger palace and its accompanying buildings.

The series with the butterfly (moth) was issued at the Dresden mint, between 1708 and 1710. The entire series consisted of 5 denominations (from a thaler to a penny), but only this one stood out with its iconography.

This is the first time in our history.

Silver, diameter 29 mm, weight 6.8 g.

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Auction 22 - winter '24
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01 February 2024 CET/Warsaw
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