Jehovah Themed Coins

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.

1666. William III of Orange, Ruler of the Netherlands 1672-1702 (King of the Great Britain 1688-1702). Michiel Adriaanszoon de Ruyter (1607-1676), admiral. By Christoffel Adolfszoon.  AR Medal. 72mm, 125.93 g, 12h. Naval Action against Holland. MI 522/169; Eimer-239; van Loon III, p. 186. Obv: Armored and draped bust facing slightly right, head turned slightly left, wearing cravat and Collar of the Order of St. Michael. Rev: Naval engagement, with burning ship in foreground; in exergue, PVGNANDO (through fighting). Legend: (outer) 'MICHAEL DE RVITER PROVINCIARVM CONFOEDERAT'; (inner) 'BELGIC: ARCHITHA= LASSVS DVX ET EQVES' (Michael de Ruyter, High Admiral of the United Provinces of the Netherlands, General and Knight). Van Loon has placed this medal under the year 1676, as if relating to De Ruyter's death in the naval engagement off Syracuse. The reverse refers, however, to the war with England, and occurs on other medals of this time. Issued following his success in the Four Days Battle fought in June 1666. The obverse image is taken from the portrait by Ferdinand Bol, painted after the action. Issued following his success in the Four Days Battle fought in June 1666. 

Born on 24th of March, 1607 in Vlissingen, Michiel de Ruyter went ashore at the age of 11 as a boat boy, entered the service in 1640 and took part in 40 sea battles and battles. One of the most famous and skilled admirals in Dutch history, Michiel de Ruyter became best known for his role in the Anglo-Dutch Wars of the mid-17th century, in which he scored several major victories, keeping the Netherlands secure. Widely-loved and admired by his sailors and soldiers, he gained the nickname Bestevaêr (old Dutch for ‘grandfather’). He died on April 24, 1676, fatally wounded in action, from a cannonball injury during the Battle of Agosta in Syracuse.


Ex Clarence & Helen Zaar Maritime Collection.

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.

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 MS63.

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.  Commemorating the 1000-year millennium jubilee celebration of the city. Engraved by D. Loos & J.V.Döll. 39.32mm, 18.81gr. Silver. Obv. Tyche (city goddess) seated below 1000-year old oak-tree holding staff, caduceus (staff of Mercure) and City shield of Hamburg. Cornucopia (horn of plenty) below, birds flying around. Rev. Bird´s eye view of the Inner Alster Lake waterfront with beautiful minimalistic details. Genius in clouds above. References: Nuber 4/6, Grotemeyer 43/45, Gaed. 2000. Sommer A102. Well preserved, beautiful toning. UNC.

1957. Helsinki University Award Medal. By Kalervo Kallio (1909-69). Bronze. 70mm. 146gr. Edge: “Kultateollisuus”. Obv. Overlapping busts of man and woman, to the right of which full-length female figure, supporting building with right hand, branch in outstretched left hand. Rev. The front side of a symmetrical pattern with shield surmounted by crown at the top, incorporating cornucopiae, inscribed YHWH (Jehovah) | AMDCXL (Year 1640)| ABOAE | COND. Legend. HELSINGIENSIS VNIVERSITAS.

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