Efimok with a sign on a thaler went under the hammer on Violiti

Efimok with a sign on a thaler went under the hammer on Violiti

27 November 2020, 10:08
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Efimok with a sign on a thaler of 1618 is an interesting and rare coin in excellent condition, which was sold on the Violity website for UAH 125,000.

First, let's briefly tell you what an efimok is. At the beginning of the 16th century, rich silver deposits began to be actively developed on the territory of modern Bohemia in the area of ​​the village of Tal. The village grew and its name was changed to Joachimstal in honor of the patron saint of miners. The mining of silver made it possible to start minting a high-grade large silver coin, which was named Joachimstaler after the name of the city.

When such coins fell into the Moscow kingdom, they received the name Efimka (from Efim, the translation into Russian of the German name Joachim). Paying directly with foreign coins was prohibited. Such coins were subject to delivery to the mint in exchange for silver kopecks (scales).

In 1655, after the Pereyaslav Rada, and in connection with the entry of Russia into the war with Poland and the occupation of significant territories, thalers were allowed to circulate. But they were subject to special marking with two stamps: one with the image of St. George, the second with the date 1655.

Regarding the second hallmark, in the circles of specialists there is an opinion that 1655 is not a date, but a countermark of English masters who checked thalers (in this case, 16 SS - Sterling Silver, pure silver in translation from English). Such thalers were called “efimok with a sign”.

They officially ceased their circulation in 1659, but continued to circulate on the modern territory of Ukraine until the end of the 17th century. Thus, most of the efimks that have appeared recently are accidental finds on the territory of our country.

Violiti is the leader in selling such coins on the open market, we present two copies. which have been sold recently.

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The price of such coins depends on two parameters. The first criterion is, of course, safety. And the second is the rarity of the thaler on which the countermark is made.

The Efimki presented above are relatively common. These are not uncommon types of coins in imperfect condition. They are available even to novice collectors. But the thaler, which served as the basis for this article, is quite rare and interesting, and in the form of an efimka on Violiti for the first time. Thaler was minted in Prague in 1618 by Mintzmeister Benedict Hubmer during the reign of the Holy Roman Emperor Matthew (Matthias).

The history of several states at once is reflected in this beautiful coin.
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