Magdeburg (1623-25) thaler Dav-5492

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Kunker sale 263, lot 386
This specimen was lot 386 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €1,000 (about US$1,292 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Magdeburg, ERZBISTUM Christian Wilhelm von Brandenburg, 1598-1608-1631. Reichstaler o. J. Halle. Von großer Seltenheit. Min. Korrosionsspuren im Randbereich, Schrötlingsriß, vorzüglich. (archbishopric of Magdeburg, Christian William of Brandenburg, 1598-1608-1631, thaler without date, Halle mint. Of the greatest rarity, spots of corrosion, edge cracks, extremely fine.)"
The SCWC lists this type of the early 1620's as rare. By the second half of the sixteenth century, the archbishopric of Magdeburg was completely converted to Lutheranism yet the ecclesiastical state was not abolished. Instead, it became a puppet state of the elector of Brandenburg, who either appointed himself or one of his close relatives archbishop. Brandenburg annexed it outright in 1680. The early 1620's saw an explosion of thaler issues as princes hired soldiers and bought weapons at the beginning of the Thirty Years War.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-5492, v. Schr. 447, KM 99.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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