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.
1694. Nuremberg (as free City within the Holy Roman Empire). Ferdinand II City-View Taler. DAV-5666, Leu Erlanger 634, Kellner 263, KM-223. Mintmaster: Georg Friedrich Nurnberger (GFN, 1677-1716) . Obv: City view from southeast, in the clouds, Jehovah's name in Hebrew lettering, below in decorated cartouche the Roman year. Rev: Three coat of arms between two cornucopias with fruit, above angel's head. NGC AU-58.
1701 RB. GERMANY, Harz. Tauftaler – Baptismal Taler (50mm, 1h). Zellerfeld mint; Rudolf Bornemann, mintmaster. Obv: St. John the Baptist kneeling right, baptizing Jesus Christ standing facing in River Jordan, hands crossed over breast; dove of the Holy Spirit and radiate name of God above. Rev: Biblical passages in ten lines. Davenport 2935; Katsouros 3; Fassbender 2793. Sharply struck and beautifully toned. NGC MS-62.
From the Jonathan K. Kern Collection.
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
AUGSBURG. CITY. Wedding medal o. J. (around 1700), by P. H. Müller. 54.69mm; 43.54gr. Obv: Marriage medal depicting the bride and groom standing opposite each other, shaking hands, before a sprouting vine. Rev: Two hands coming from heave, out of clouds, holding a heart, above them radiant name of Jehovah, Below two beaking pigeons on an olive branch. Forster 879; Coll. Goppel 1030.
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.
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. NGC MS-64.
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 NGC MS-63.