|Maria Theresia thaler, 1780 Restrike|
The Thaler, showing the portrait of the Empress Maria Theresia, has originally been minted from 1740 till 1780. It was very important for trade with the Levant (parts of
The thaler is 39.5 mm in diameter and 2.5mm thick, weighs 28.0668 grams and contains 23.3890 grams (0.752 troy ounces) of fine silver. After 1858, when the thaler no longer was the Austrian currency, about 300 million restrikes have been minted until well in the 20th century by various mints across the world.
It was one of the first coins used in the
... and even now you find this 'classic 1780 restrike', being sold at hardly any premium over silver bullion all across the old continent.
A really good thread on the different restrike types can be found at the Coin Community Forum: Modern Maria Theresia Thaler. The Austrian mint has withdrawn minting rights and it currently continues producing and selling the coin only for silver bullion investors.