Metz 1638 thaler Dav-5581

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1766
Metz in 1648
This specimen was lot 1766 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 800 CHF (about US$920 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Metz, Bistum, Taler 1638. Breiter spanischer Schild im verzierten Sechspass auf der Vorderseite. Sehr selten. Sehr schön. Kleine Kratzer auf dem Rand. (bishopric of Metz, thaler of 1638. Obverse: arms in six petalled polylobe. Very rare, Very fine, Small scratches on the edge.)"
The bishop and city of Metz both issued coins but the town was under French occupation from the mid-1500's, which occupation was formally recognized by the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648. This type is listed for 1638 only.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 28.50 g.

Catalog reference: Wendling II/F/o/3. Flon 732,16. Dav-5581; KM-25.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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