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    Furstenberg-Stuhlingen. Josef Wilhelm Ernst "Mining" Taler 1729-V MS67 NGC, KM5, Dav-2267. Mintage: 1,167. A coin that should not exist so fine, this singular mining issue which was struck in 1729, presents the armored bust of Josef Wilhelm Ernst and figures at work, with a view of the mines and valley in the background. In addressing the obverse, the portrait of the Prince is nearly immaculate--the edge of each curl fully defined, and his facial features easily pronounced--while the flan is drenched in a striated pattern of russet and golden hues that mimic a painter's brush stroke. Despite the incredible execution of the obverse, the reverse may actually steal the show. The intricacies of the designs, the proportions of the various elements, and the use of repoussoir to create perspective, all add tremendously to the eye appeal of this selection--even the reddish placement of tone across the sun's rays at the horizon add to its life-like nature. In referencing the census reports, this coin bests its next competitor by 4 points, and it's unlikely that another specimen will challenge that any time soon. As such, a winning bid that surpasses our high estimate would not be all that surprising.
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