At our Auction 15 – Leipzig szóstak coin of Augustus II the Strong from 1702
A beautiful, mint piece of the Leipzig szóstak coin of Augustus II the Strong from 1702. On the reverse there are the initials E.P.H. – Leipzig mintmaster Ernest Piotr Hecht.
One of the few monetary issues minted for Poland by the first Saxon on the Polish throne. Minted contrary to the Pacta conventa, which prohibited Augustus II from minting crown coins outside Poland without the consent of the parliament.
This is what T. Kałkowski wrote about this issue – the king “without heeding it and knowing that the powerless Republic of Poland would not draw any consequences from this fact, immediately in 1698 he started minting Polish crown coins in the Leipzig mint.” One of them were szóśtak coins, which, after a experimental issue in 1698, were minted on a larger scale in 1702.