Magdeburg 1605-GM thaler Dav-5471

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Kunker sale 263, lot 376
This specimen was lot 376 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €1,400 (about US$1,809 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Magdeburg, ERZBISTUM Domkapitel, 1598-1607. Reichstaler 1605, Halle. R Hübsche Patina, sehr schön +. (archbishopric of Magdeburg, thaler of 1605, Halle mint. Nice patina, choice very fine.)"
The SCWC lists this type of 1602-07 as the most common thaler issued by the archbishop in the seventeenth century, despite the tiny mintage reported. 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.

Recorded mintage: 6,371.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-5471, v. Schr. 392 b, KM 5.


  • 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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