Magdeburg 1673-CP 1-1/4 thaler Dav-5525B

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Kunker sale 263, lot 428
This specimen was lot 428 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €3,400 (about US$4,392 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Magdeburg, STADT 1 1/4 Reichstaler 1673. Mit Wertpunze; Von großer Seltenheit. Hübsche Patina, kl. Henkelspur, sehr schön. Exemplar der Auktion Fritz Rudolf Künker 92, Osnabrück 2004, Nr. 1985. (Germany, city of Magdeburg, 1¼ thaler of 1673, with the denomination punched in. Of the greatest rarity, nice toning, mount mark, very fine. From Kunker sale 92, lot 1985.)"
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 issue of 1673 is accompanied by a single (Dav-5527) "wide" (Dav-5526) and double thaler (Dav-5525) struck from the same dies. The larger issues had the denomination punched in.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 36,01 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-5525B, v. Schr. 978, KM 309.


  • 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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