Munster 1650-EK thaler Dav-5597

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Künker sale 293, lot 19
Munster in 1547
This specimen was lot 19 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €1,600 (about US$2,157 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"MÜNSTER, BISTUM, Sedisvakanz 1650. Reichstaler 1650, Münster, mit Titel Ferdinands III. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (bishopric of Munster, sede vacante, thaler of 1650, Munster mint, struck in the name of Ferdinand III. Very fine to extremely fine.)"
All the thalers of Munster are scarce. The town and the region were thoroughly devastated by the Thirty Years War and never recovered. The bishop succeeded in establishing the Counter-Reformation there and holding the region for the Catholic Church. This sede vacante thaler, struck 1650-51, was issued during a vacancy on the episcopal throne.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: KM 57, Schulze 77; Zepernick 216, Dav-5597.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 293: Münzen aus Mittelalter und Neuzeit u. a. die westfälischen Privatsammlungen Werner Bröker und Bernd Terletzki, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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