Cologne (1516) guldengroschen Dav-9148

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Sincona sale 51, lot 3212
This specimen was lot 3212 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Köln, Stadt, Guldengroschen o. J. (um 1620). Sogenannter Dreikönigs- oder Ursulataler. Die Heiligen Drei Könige stehen von vorn nebeneinander, in den Händen je ein Lilienstab und ein Geschenk, im Vordergrund der Kölner Stadtschild. Rv. In einem Schiff auf bewegten Wellen stehen die Heilige Ursula, Papst Cyriacus, der englische Prinz Aetherius sowie die Jungfrauen. Sehr selten. Sehr schön. Kleine Randfehler. (Germany, city of Cologne, undated gulden. Obverse: So-called Epiphany or Ursula thaler. The Three Magi stand next to each other facing, each bearng a scepter and a gift, the Cologne city arms below; reverse: In a ship on moving waves are Saint Ursula, Pope Cyriacus, the English prince Aetherius and the virgins. Very rare, Very fine, Minor edge nicks.)"
The archbishopric of Cologne, like Mainz and Trier, was an ecclesiastical state along the river Rhine whose ruler was one of the Electors of the Empire. This type, tho probably struck early in the seventeenth century, is very similar to Dav-9148, which bore a date of 1516. A double guldengroschen exists.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 29.14 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-9148; Noss 78 b.

Source:

  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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