Strasbourg 1617 thaler Dav-5846B

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Sincona sale 43, lot 2237
Alsace and Strasbourg in 1547
This specimen was lot 2237 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 1,800 CHF (about US$2,148 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Strassburg/Strasbourg, Stadt, Talerklippe 1617. Auf die 100 Jahrfeier der Reformation. Vorzüglich. Hübsche Patina. (city of Strasbourg, klippe thaler of 1617, on the centennial of the Reformation. Extremely fine, Attractive patina.)"
At the time, the town was a free city in the Holy Roman Empire. Wikipedia[2] comments,
"The Free City of Strasbourg remained neutral during the Thirty Years' War. In September 1681 it was annexed by King Louis XIV of France, whose unprovoked annexation was recognized by the Treaty of Ryswick (1697). The official policy of religious intolerance which drove many Protestants from France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes (1598) by the Edict of Fontainebleau (1685) was not applied in Strasbourg and in Alsace. Strasbourg Cathedral, however, was restored from the Lutherans to the Catholics. The German Lutheran university persisted until the French Revolution. Famous students were Goethe and Herder."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 27.95 g.

Catalog reference: KM 312.3, Slg. Whiting 94. Engel/Lehr 607, Dav-5846B.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.
  • [2]Wikipedia article on Strasbourg: [[1]]

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