German States

1632. GERMANY, Augsburg (Stadt). Gustav II Adolf der Große (the Great). As King of Sweden, 1611-1632. Taler (42mm, 28.98 g, 12h). DAV-4543; Forster 240; KM A68. Swedish occupation issue. Dated 1632. (rosette) GVSTAV : ADOLPH : D : G · SVECO : GOTHO : VANDALO : REX · MAG, laureate, draped, and armored bust facing slightly right / PRINC : FINLAND : DVX ETHO : ET · CARDOM : ING, crowned coat-of-arms of Sweden. Stunning GEM, deep iridescent toning. NGC MS-65.

Ex Richard A. Jourdan Collection, purchased from Stephen Harvey, December 1992.

Augsburg’s coinage vividly records changes in the city’s leadership during the Thirty Years’ War. This taler was minted in the name of Gustavus Adolphus, the Swedish king who occupied the predominantly Protestant city beginning in 1632. Only a few years after this coin was produced, the Habsburgs recaptured Augsburg, and the city resumed producing coins in the name of the Holy Roman Emperor.

Harz. (c.1680) ND. Saxony-Anhalt. Baptismal Taler. By Ernst Peter Hecht. Zellerfeld mint. Knyphausen 7295; Dav.-LS2935. 28.60gm. Obv: St. John baptizing Christ in the river Jordan/ Rev: Eight-line biblical inscription. 
Superb lustrous surfaces showing extremely intricate peripheries, with full
rendering to the minimal detailed and glamorously reflective surfaces, dressed in an old cabinet tone with flaming and cobalt shades. Very rare in this quality. NGC MS-64.

1776. German States. Free Hanseatic city of Lubeck. Taler in the name of Emperor Joseph II. DAV-2422. Behrens 197b. 43.5mm, 29.2gr. Engraver: Hermann David Friederichsen. Obv: Half-length facing figure of St. John the Baptist with lamb, below the shield of mayor's arms in baroque frame. Date is at end of legend. Lettering: MONETA. NOVA - LUBECENSIS 1776. Rev: Crowned imperial double-headed eagle, with shield of city arms on breast. The mintmaster's initials are below tail. Lettering: IOSEPHUS. II. - ROM. IMP. S. AUG. H.D.F.  PCGS MS-64.


Lubeck, long a Hanseatic city, retained her independence until the arrival of Napoleonic armies about 1806. Her freedom was restored in 1813 and the free city status maintained until the 1930's. It is now part of the state of Schleswig-Holstein. 

1790. Germany, Eichstätt (Bistum). Nürnberg mint, engraved by Johann Peter Werner. Sede Vacante. AR Doppeltaler (53mm, 56.18 g, 12h). DAV- 2212. KM-95. Cahn 148. Obv: Empty throne on pedestal below baldachin in throne room; above, patron saints Willibald and Walburgis in clouds below streaming eye of God. Rev: Oak tree with shields on branches, each inscribed with the name of a member of the college of canons of Eichstätt, before city scene. A broad and intricately designed issue, struck during the last Sede Vacante before the bishopric secularized in 1802, with splendid original tone over both the obverse and reverse. NGC MS-63.

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