1647. By J. Looff (1623-1651). Commemorating the golden 50th wedding anniversary of Hans van Loon and Anna Ruyckhaver. Obv: two coat of arms, above which two hands clasped out of the clouds, holding ribbons; on the ribbons the names of the lords; bottom on the ribbon date and year; at the top of the Hebrew god name (Jehovah) surrounded by rays. Rev: Surrounded by leaf wreath a text. HANS VAN LOON ANNA RUYCKHAVERS (1573-1649) 27 May, 1597 27". KZ: " Love is happening / in eewicheyt / Faith and hope to be forgotten / If love neither I / I or I love you / Ist Iubel iaar voldaen / 1647.". NGC AU-55.
1653. Hamburg. Bankportugaleser. Engraving by Sebastian Dadler (1586-1657). 50mm; 35.23gr. Wiecek 145. Maué 80. PiN 166. Gaedechens 1567. The Medal commemorates five years since the end of the devastating Thirty Years' War in 1648. State of Hamburg commissioned a Portugaleser, a German imitation of the Portugese gold coin, Potuguez. Obv: View of the city of Hamburg with its steeples behind high fortifications, the Elbe in the foreground and on the left side, the entrance to the port, where the ships are pushing. On the river many small and large sailing ships, also rowing boats and a raft. Above the city two hands coming from clouds hold a round shield with the Hebrew signature JEHOVAH. Attached to the sign is the emblem of Hamburg in a scrollwork frame. On the sails of a ship on the right side the initials SD and at the bottom the year 1653. Rev: The wide moving River Elbe, filled with sailing ships and rowboats, in the distance on the horizon, the city of Hamburg. Riverbanks growing trees, cereals, vegetables and flowers. Above hovers PAX with palm and olive branch in her right hand and showered their blessings from two oversized cornucopias from: from a several sailboats and from the other grains, fruits and flowers. These blessings give a picture of prosperity, which is based on the maritime trade and the production of agricultural products. NGC MS-64.
1669. GERMAN STATES. Saxe-New-Gotha. Ernst I Taler. Obv: Bride and groom hold hands under a dove and the divine glory, Hebrew lettering of Jehovah, with rays descending on marriage of Ernst's son Frederick and Magdalena Sybilla of Weissenfels. Rev: 12-line inscription. KM-25; DAV-7449; Schnee 425; Steguweit 22. Extremely rare, Krause notes a mintage of just 747 pieces. Lovely olive and gold toning. NGC MS-62.
1693. German States. Henneberg-Ilmenau Taler. Mintmaster Sebastian Altmann. DAV 7481; KM-14; Müseler Supplement 56.6 / 4 a; Snow 619; Coll. Vogelsang 782 var. Issued to commemorate the yield of the mines in Ilmenau. Obv: Two ornamented helmets and crested shields of Saxony and Henneberg including mountain and metallurgical implements supported by miners. Rev: Crowned hen to the right, under the radiant name of Jehovah, in the section "Signatur BA". NGC AU-58.
Harz. ND (1701-67). Baptismal Taler. Katsouros-10A. DAV-2935. Obv: Christ being anointed by John the baptist in the river Jordan, Biblical quotations around. Rev: Biblical quotations in 10 lines and in margins. A beautifully toned presentation piece which retains much underlying luster. NGC MS-62.
From the Cape Coral Collection of Multiple Talers
ND (Ca. 1717). Silver medal, by P. H. Miiller, on the apostolic faith confession. 40mm. 20.26gr. Forster 867; Goppel 2811. Obv: The creed, worm-like inward. Rev: Three angel heads between 3 medallions with the creation of Eve, the resurrection of Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. In the interval angels, foliage and the initials of the medalist. The religious confession is the testimony of the personal faith as well as the testimony of a religious community (apostolic = which comes from the apostles or their doctrine corresponds). PCGS SP-55.
1720s. Germany. Nuremberg (Germany). Jacob´s Ladder Medal - a so called Reisegroschen ("travel coin / travel dollar"). Goppel 1151. Forster 889. Obverse: Jacob sleeping under a tree, dreaming of the "ladder to heaven" from which two angels are descending. Landscape in background. Medallist´s signature ("W") beneath his left arm. Legend: WANN IACOB SO IM HERREN RVHT . IST VBER IHM DER ENGEL HVT . Translated: "Whenever Jacob rests (is in peace) with god, the angels will keep him safe.". Reverse: The travelling Tobias, being acompanied by an angel. Landscape in background. Legend: SO WIRT DIE REIS MIT GLÜCK VOLLBRACHT WANN MICH BEGLEIT DER ENGEL WACHT . Translated: "This shall make the travel safe, when the angel guards among me". NGC AU-58.
Jacob's Ladder (Hebrew: Sulam Yaakov סולם יעקב) is the colloquial name for a connection between the earth and heaven that the biblical Patriarch Jacob dreams about during his flight from his brother Esau, as described in the Book of Genesis. The significance of the dream has been somewhat debated, but most interpretations agree that it identified Jacob with the obligations and inheritance of the ethnic people chosen by God, as understood in Abrahamic religions. It has since been used as a symbolic reference in various other contexts.
GERMAN STATES. Augsburg. 18th Century (ND) AR Medal. By PH Muller. 44mm. On marriage and the family. Obv: Pair, connected by chain with heart in the center, below radiant triangle. Rev: Female figure with cornucopia leads a boy holding a bird's nest; in the background, hen and chicks. Goppel 1035; Forster 878. NGC MS-63.
1740, Netherlands, Haarlem. Sliver Medal. 55.7 mm. 54.61gr. VanLoon-147. Jehne 13. By Niklaas van Swinderen. Silver Medal, commemorating the 300 year anniversary for the invention of Typography by Dutch inventor Laurens Coster. Obv: Bust of Coster, three-quarter face to left, with cap on his head and official collar of fur over his shoulders, placed on a pedestal bearing the words "Alter Cadmus" [Cadmus taught the Greeks to use written characters]. surrounded by books, a lamp, an ouroboros, a laurel wreath, and a printing press. Obverse Legend:LAUR[entius] I[ohannes] COSTERUS CONS[ul] HARLEM[ensis] TYPOGR[aphiæ] INVENT[or] AD AN[num] MCCCCXL [Laurence John Coser, the Inventor of Typography, about the year 1440] Rev: The arms of the city of Haarlem, supported by two lions and resting upon Roman fasces, emblems of justice; and upon palm and laurl boughs, denoting power, honor, and success. In the background is the city, with the famous church, over which "Fama" a winged figure is announcing, by sound of trumpet, to all Europe that she holds the first printed book in her hand. Near the bottom of the arms are the letters "N.V.S.F." in small characters for "Nicholas Van Schwindern, fecit. Reverse Legend: HINC TOTUM SPARGUNTUR IN ORBEM LITERÆ [From this place letters are diffused through the whole world] / Per tria secula . MDCCXL [After three centuries. 1740]. Coster is sometimes credited with the invention of moveable type, but most give that honor to Johannes Gutenberg, working in Germany in the same time period. A very attractive medal, struck in pleasing high-relief with deep pearl-gray toning which exhibits hints of multi-color iridescence on both sides. Jehne states this medal was issued in both silver and tin. PCGS SP-63.
1745. Coronation of Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor, in Frankfurt. Silver. 49 mm. Forschner 315 (not in silver); J & F 787a; Julius 1610. By Mathias Donner. Obv: Draped and armoured bust Francis I to right , with an imperial laurel wreath, with a general's cloak and with the Order of the Golden Fleece. Rev: God's eye shines down on the altar where the crown jewels lie. A crown, orb and sceptre resting upon a short column; a heavenly radiate triangle, above with god's name, Jehovah within. PCGS SP-65.
1803 Hamburg. Engraved by Abramson (unsigned). 37mm, 13.5gr. Commemorating the 1,000th anniversary of the city. Obv: Radiant name of God above view of the city dated 803 with three fisherman huts on the banks of the Elbe in the foreground and fishing boats. Rev: Radiant name of the god above, dated 1803, a city view of the fortified city from the harbor side with sailing ships, in front of the Elbe with several sailing ships. Gaedechens 2001. Hoffmann 142. COLL. Kirsten 1040. Beautiful Patina. UNC.
1830. Augsburg. Reformation Medal celebrating the3rd Jubilee of the Augsburg Confession. June 25, 1830. 44mm. 26,94g. Whiting 659. Mann 1015. Brozatus 1307. Fast 307. Schnell 307. Sommer P 37/1. Merseburger 2151. Engraved by Loos and Pfeuffer. Obv: Martin Luther and Melanchthon stand at the altar with the Bible open - O Land! Land! Land! Hear the word of the Lord. On Bible: Jeremiah 22:29. Rev: Dr. Christian Bayer, Chancellor of Saxony, hands over to the King Charles V the evangelical Confession at the Reichstag at Augsburg. Rim: ‘Fine silver worth of a Joachimstaler'. Beautifully toned UNC.