Strasbourg c.1550 thaler Dav-9890

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Sincona sale 11, lot 1547
Alsace and Strasbourg in 1547
This specimen was lot 1547 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 2,500 CHF (about US$3,095 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Strassburg/Strasbourg Taler o. J. (16. Jh.). Fast vorzüglich. (city of Strasbourg, thaler without date (sixteenth century), nice extremely fine.)"
Both the city of Strasbourg and the bishop of Strasbourg issued coins in the sixteenth century; the division between the two parties was only widened when Strasbourg became a center of Lutheranism. We have assigned this issue to 1550 purely arbitrarily; it may have been minted in the decades prior to or following that date. Thalers of the seventeenth century (Dav-5842) featured the lions facing inward.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 29.37 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-9890; Engel/Lehr 430.


  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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