Strasbourg 1679 thaler Dav-5847

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Künker sale 293, lot 1920
This specimen was lot 1920 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €5,500 (about US$7,413 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH/ELSASS, STRASSBURG, STADT, Reichstaler 1679, auf den Frieden von Nijmegen. Pax in Nummis -. Sehr selten in dieser Erhaltung. Prachtexemplar mit herrlicher Tönung. Vorzüglich-Stempelglanz. Erworben 1969 von Jean Vinchon, Paris. (French states, city of Strasbourg, thaler of 1679, on the Peace of Nijmegen. Very rare in this quality, prooflike with beautiful toning, extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
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.

Catalog reference: Engel/Lehr 602; KM 315, Dav-5847.


  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [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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