½ Thaler Klippe; Siege coinage
City of Münster
(Siege of 1660)
|Type||Standard circulation coin|
|Value||1/2 Taler (1/2)|
Standard Catalog of World CoinsMaillet# 87,3
by George S. Cuhaj
Monnaies obsidionales et de nécessité
by Prosper Mailliet
City arms in baroque frame, date divided by jewel at top
Lettering: MONAST: WESTPH: OBSESSVM
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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