Magdeburg 1613-GM thaler Dav-5476

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Kunker sale 263, lot 382
This specimen was lot 382 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €950 (about US$1,227 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Magdeburg, ERZBISTUM Christian Wilhelm von Brandenburg, 1598-1608-1631. Reichstaler 1613, Halle. RR Hübsche Patina, sehr schön. (archbishopric of Magdeburg, Christian William of Brandenburg, 1598-1608-1631, thaler of 1613, Halle mint. Rare, nice toning, very fine.)"
The SCWC lists this type of 1612 as somewhat available but less so than the earlier Dav-5471. 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: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-5476, v. Schr. 426, KM 28.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Davenport, John S., German Secular Talers, 1600-1700, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1976.
  • [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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