Munster 1688-GS thaler Dav-5608

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Künker sale 293, lot 28
Munster in 1547
This specimen was lot 28 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €420 (about US$566 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"MÜNSTER, BISTUM, Sedisvakanz 1688. Reichstaler 1688, Münster, mit Titel Leopolds I. Schön-sehr schön. (bishopric of Munster, sede vacante, thaler of 1688, in the name of Leopold I. Fine to 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 97, Schulze 126 b; Zepernick 218, Dav-5608.


  • 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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