Munster 1683-GS thaler Dav-5607

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Künker sale 293, lot 27
Munster in 1547
This specimen was lot 27 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €1,100 (about US$1,483 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"MÜNSTER, BISTUM, Sedisvakanz 1683. Reichstaler 1683, Münster, mit Titel Leopolds I. Sehr schön. (bishopric of Munster, sede vacante, thaler of 1683, Munster mint, with Leopold I. Very 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 type is a sede vacante, issued while the episcopal throne was empty, hence the portrait of the emperor.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: KM 95, Schulze 125 b; Zepernick 217, Dav-5607.


  • 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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