Kaufbeuren 1552 20 kreuzer

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Künker sale 335, lot 3962
Kaufbeuren in 1547, between Kempten and Biberach, from Putzger's Atlas
This specimen was lot 3962 in Künker sale 335 (Osnabruck, Germany, March 2020), where it sold for €3,000 (about US$3,926 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KAUFBEUREN, STADT, 20 Kreuzer 1552, mit Titel Karls V. R Vorzüglich. (Germany, city of Kaufbeuren, twenty kreuzer of 1552, in the name of Charles V. Scarce, extremely fine.)"
The twenty kreuzer was one third of a gulden, which in the sixteenth century was five-sixths of a thaler. This obscure Swabian town is of no interest to numismatists except for a series of thalers (Dav-9344 thru -9355) struck 1540-52. These were struck nearly a century before its much larger neighbor, Augsburg, struck any thalers. The region is now part of Bavaria.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 8,57 g.

Catalog reference: Nau 105.


  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 335: Bracteates from Upper Swabia and the area of the Lake Constance | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the Dr. Karl Walter Bach Collection of coins of the Austrian nobility, Special collections of Bavaria, Lubeck, Wurttemberg as well as siege coins from the Eberhard Link Collection. Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2020.

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