Magdeburg 1623-AK thaler Dav-5483

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Kunker sale 263, lot 383
This specimen was lot 383 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €380 (about US$491 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Magdeburg, ERZBISTUM Christian Wilhelm von Brandenburg, 1598-1608-1631. Reichstaler 1623, Halle. Feine Patina, kl. Schrötlingsfehler am Rand, fast sehr schön. (archbishopric of Magdeburg, Christian William of Brandenburg, 1598-1608-1631, thaler of 1623, Halle mint. Fine patina, small edge crack, choice very fine.)"
The SCWC lists this type of 1623 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-5483, v. Schr. 435 leicht var, KM 87.


  • 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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