Magdeburg 1617-HM thaler Dav-5510

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Kunker sale 263, lot 438
This specimen was lot 438 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €1,500 (about US$1,938 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Magdeburg, STADT Reichstaler 1617, mit Titel von Matthias II. Mit viereckigen Türmen auf der Vorderseite. Von großer Seltenheit. Leicht gereinigt, kl. Schrötlingsfehler, sehr schön. (Germany, city of Magdeburg, thaler of 1617, in the name of Matthias II, with square towers on the obverse. Lightly cleaned, planchet flaws, very fine.)"
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. This rare type was issued by the city, not the archbishop.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-5510, v. Schr. 1039, KM 217.


  • 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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