Paderborn 1685 thaler Dav-5710

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Jean Elsen sale 136, lot 1253
Paderborn in 1547, between Lippe and Waldeck
This specimen was lot 1253 in Jean Elsen sale 136 (Brussels, March 2018), where it sold for €700 (about US$1,028 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ALLEMAGNE, PADERBORN, Evêché, Hermann Werner von Metternich (1683-1703), AR Reichstaler, 1685. D/ Saint Antoine de Padoue ten. l'enfant Jésus, couronné par la Vierge. R/ Ecu ovale sous cinq heaumes. Petit éclat du flan sur la tranche. Belle patine. Très Beau. (Germany, bishopric of Paderborn, Hermann Werner von Metternich, 1683-1703, silver thaler of 1685. Obverse: St. Anthony of Padua bearing the Holy Child, crowned by the Virgin; reverse: oval arms below five helmets. Small rim bump, nice color, very fine.)"
All the thalers of Munster and Paderborn are scarce. The town and the region were thoroughly devastated by the Thirty Years War and never recovered. This type is listed for 1685, 1687 and 1693.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 29,05 g.

Catalog reference: Weingärtner 165; KM-154, Dav-5710.


  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 136: Collection Martiny, Collection Nef, Collection Casterman, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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