Magdeburg 1617 thaler Dav-5509

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Kunker sale 263, lot 425
This specimen was lot 425 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €4,400 (about US$5,684 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Magdeburg, STADT Reichstaler 1617, auf die 100-Jahrfeier der Reformation. RR Hübsche Patina, sehr schön +. Die Rückseite zeigt die Reformatoren Johannes Hus (1369-1415) und Martin Luther (1483-1546). (Germany, city of Magdeburg, thaler of 1617, on the centennial of the Reformation. Rare, nice toning, very fine or better. The reverse depicts the reformers John Hus and Martin Luther.)"
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, and commemorates the centennial of the Reformation.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-5509, Slg. Whiting 56 var.; v. Schr. 962, KM 215.


  • 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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