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Double Schauguldiner - Maximilian I Hall

Features

Country Austria - Habsburg
Emperor Maximilian I (1486-1519)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1505
Value 2 Guldiner - 2 Thaler (2)
Currency Thaler (1520-1754)
Composition Silver
Weight 44.06 g
Diameter 44 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
References MT# 78,
Die Münzstätte Hall in Tirol
by Heinz Moser, Heinz Tursky
(Haymon)
Schult# 4446
Deutsche Münzen aus der Zeit Karl V.
by Wolfgang Schulten
(Nümismatischer Verlag Schulten)

Commemorative issue

Royal commemorative of rule

Obverse

Crowned effigy in armor to the left, scepter in his left hand, sword hilt in his right hand.
The obverse is already a nice work of the beginning Renaissance. The masterful portrait in high relief and the incident to let the bent left arm extend into the legend, testify the great skill of Benedict Burkhart.

Lettering: +MAXIMILIAИVS✿DEI✿GRA✿ - ROMANOR✿REX✿SEMPER✿AVGVSTVS✿

Translation: Maximilian by the grace of God King of the Romas, forever Emperor

Engraver: Benedikt Burkhart

Reverse

Crowned shield with the Tyrol eagle, surrounded by the Order of the Golden Fleece necklace; on top gothic ornaments and the date ·1·5· - ·0·5·; to both sides the crowned arms of Old Hungary and Austria; below the smaller arms of Old-Burgundy and Habsburg.
The reverse is still designed under gothic influence.

Lettering: +XPIA·>·REGNOR·REX·HERS QZ ARCHIDVX·AVSTRE·PLVRIMAR·QZ ·EVROP·PROVICIAR·PNS·DVX·ET·D9

Translation:
Christianitatis caeterorumque regnorum rex heresque archidux austriae plurimarumque europae provinciarum princeps dux et dominus =
"The Hereditary King of Christian as well as other Realms, Archduke of Austra and of very many lands Prince, Duke and Lord"

Engraver: Benedikt Burkhart

Comments

Reference: Egg p.150, no.2; M/T 78; Voglh.13var.

Maximilian liked commemorative coins with his own portrait, took interest in their design and gave them away as presents in order to promote his renown. The coins were much sought after by members of the nobility. They were issued in the weight of a Guldiner or its multiples and therefore rank as coins, not medals, even though they were not used as currency. Unlike small cast medals, these hammered pieces were intended for wide distribution. Maximilian's commemorative coins were artistically and technically a remarkable achievement of the Hall mint. They were minted there on the emperor's direct order and listed as "external expenditure".

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1505 

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