Metz 1638 thaler Dav-5582

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Metz sale 131, lot 958
Metz in 1648
This specimen was lot 958 in Jean Elsen sale 131 (Brussels, December 2016), where it sold for €650 (about US$815 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, METZ, Ville, AR Taler au saint Etienne, 1638. D/ Saint Etienne deb. de f. dans une mandorle, ten. une palme. R/ Ecu ovale dans un cartouche orné. Très rare Frappe faible au droit. Beau à Très Beau. (city of Metz, silver thaler of St. Etienne of 1638. Obverse: St. Etienne in a mandorla, holding a palm frond; reverse: oval city arms in an ornate cartouche. Very rare, weakly struck obverse, fine to very fine.)"
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.

Catalog reference: Flon 733, 14; coll. Robert 814, KM 14, Dav-5582.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 131, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2016.

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