Magdeburg 1638-PS thaler Dav-5520

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Kunker sale 263, lot 427
This specimen was lot 427 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €1,300 (about US$1,680 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Magdeburg, STADT Reichstaler 1638, mit Titel Ferdinands III. auf den Neubau der Stadt. Hübsche Patina, sehr schön +. (Germany, city of Magdeburg, thaler of 1638, in the name of Ferdinand III, on the reconstruction fo the city. Nice toning, choice 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. In 1638, when the new archbishop was installed, thalers were issued in numerous varieties (Dav-5495, -5495A, -5495B, -5495C, -5495D, -5495E, -5496, -5496A, -5496B, -5496C, -5497, -5498) and a ducat (Fr-1557). The city of Magdeburg issued this thaler to promote the reconstruction after it was sacked and burned in 1631.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-5520, v. Schr. 974, KM 268.


  • 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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