1696 Austria, Leopold the Hogmouth
Taler 1696-IAK Hall, KM1303.4, MS62 NGC, Exquisite detail
with aged and lovely gray and gold toning. A previously
unrecorded overdate . Undergraded by a mile. Imagine
what this coin has seen over the centuries! Then imagine
what an early US dollar is worth in this condition and
compare the two for value.
Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor (name in full: Leopold
Ignaz Joseph Balthasar Felician) Habsburg (June 9, 1640
May 5, 1705), Holy Roman emperor, was the second
son of the emperor Ferdinand III and his first wife
Maria Anna of Spain. His maternal grandparents were
Philip III of Spain and Margarita of Austria.
The Latin inscription reads (obverse): LEOPOLDVS D[EI]
G[RATIA] R[OMANORVM] I[MPERATOR] S[EMPER] A[VGVSTVS]
G[ERMANIAE] H[VNGARIAE] B[OHEMIAE] REX (reverse): ARCHID[VX]
AVS[TRIAE] DVX B[VRGVNDIAE] CO[MES] TYR[OLIS] 1696.
In English: "Leopold, by the Grace of God, Emperor
of the Romans, always Augustus, of Germany, Hungary,
and Bohemia, King, Archduke of Austria, Duke of Burgundy,
Count of Tyrol, 1696." The unusual shape of the
emperor's mouth on this coin earned it the nickname,
"Leopold the Hogmouth," but most collectors
do not believe the coin was an accurate depiction.