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½ Thaler Klippe; Siege coinage

Features

Country City of Münster (Siege of 1660)
(German states)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1660
Value 1/2 Taler (1/2)
Currency Thaler
Composition Silver
Weight 14.35 g
Diameter 30.25 mm
Shape Square
Demonetized Yes
References KM# 321,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Maillet# 87,3
Monnaies obsidionales et de nécessité
by Prosper Mailliet
(Imprimeur Gobbaerts)

Obverse

City arms in baroque frame, date divided by jewel at top

Lettering: MONAST: WESTPH: OBSESSVM

Reverse

Uniface.

Comments

The siege of Munster which lasted from July 1660 to March 1661 was the result of the cities magistrates wanting to maintain their civic privileges against the usurpation of Bishop Christopher Bernhardt of Gelen. They had the keys to the city and control of the garrison both of which was contested by the bishop. The Magistrates appealed to the Dutch and were given 10,000 talers to help subsidize the siege, but ultimately had to surrender as no more outside support was in sight.
Brause-Mansfeld 20, 3

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
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