Metz 1639 1/2 thaler

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Jean Elsen sale 133, lot 1305
Metz in 1648
This specimen was lot 1305 in Jean Elsen sale 133 (Brussels, June 2017), where it sold for €2,500 (about US$3,304 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, METZ, Ville, AR demi-Taler au saint Etienne, 1639. D/ B. nimbé et dr. de saint Etienne à g. R/ Ecu échancré de la ville dans un polylobe orné. Extrêmement rare Légère faiblesse de frappe et petit coup de poinçon au droit. Très Beau. (city of Metz, silver half thaler of St. Etienne of 1639. Obverse: draped, haloed bust of the saint to left; reverse: ornate city arms in a polylobe. Extremely rare, slightly weak strike, punch mark on the obverse, 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, this specimen 14,39 g.

Catalog reference: KM 12 (unlisted date), Flon 738, 3; coll. Robert 825 var.


  • 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 133, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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