Strasbourg c.1632 thaler Dav-5842

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 23912
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
This specimen was lot 23912 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $1,292.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Strasbourg. Free City Taler ND (1632), MS63 NGC, an appealing example of the type with sharply defined design features. Strasbourg was annexed by Louis XIV of France in 1681, but previously was an important independent Imperial city." 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: KM 306, Dav-5842.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.
  • [2]Wikipedia article on Strasbourg: [[1]]

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