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German State Sede Vacante Talers and Medals

Category:  World Coins
Owner:  worldcoinguy
Last Modified:  5/11/2021
Set Description


The set features Sede Vacante issue talers, fractional talers, medals, and bishopric pieces from 16th, 17th, and 18th century German States. The Sede Vacante medals and talers were issued by select German States to commemorate the death of bishops and prince-bishops. Only a dozen or more German States issued coins to commemorate the Sede Vacante events over a 250 year period. Set includes pieces from neighboring bishopric states (Brixen, Salzburg, etc) to support the theme. The Zepernick classification system is often used to catalog sede vacante medals and talers.

Set Goals
Broad representation of bishopric issued German States talers, minors, and medals from the 16th through the 18th century with a specific focus on sede vacante issues. Relevant themed items included for context.

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View Coin Bamberg - 1693 Taler German States Bamberg TALER 1693 GFN Zepernick 63 DAV-5064 PCGS XF 45 Sede vacante taler issued to commemorate the death of Marquard Sebastian von Schenk von Stauffenberg , who was the Prince Bishop of Bamberg (1683-1693). Classified as DAV-5064; Zepernick 63. Scarce issue; one of 3 total graded at NGC and PCGS.
View Coin Bamberg - 1696 4 Kreuzer GERMANY - MINOR COINS Bamberg Silver 4K 1696 GFN BAMBERG NGC MS 64 A sharp 4 kreuzer issued by the bishopric of Bamberg in 1694 under Lothar Franz von Schönborn-Buchheim (1693-1729). The bishop was also the Archbishop-Elector of Mainz from 1694 to 1729. In 1707 he was instrumental in the conversion of the Protestant Elizabeth Christina of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel to Catholicism. In 1711 he ensured the election of Charles VI of Austria as the Holy Roman Emperor, and crowned him in Frankfurt Cathedral. The 1729 Mainz 1/8 taler in this collection commemorates his death.
View Coin Bamberg - 1746 Medal (Zepernick 65) German States Bamberg Silver SILVER 1746-DATED GERMANY ERLANGER-2415 BAMBERG ST.GEORGE & DRAGON Zepernick 65, Slg Erlanger 2415, Heller 363 NGC MS 63 Designed by PP Werner. The medal commemorates the death of Friedrich Karl von Schönborn, who was the Bishop of Bamberg and Würzburg (1729-46).

Obv: St. George riding with the sword to the left and fighting with the dragon. Rev: Emperor Heinrich II. Riding to the right, next to the Cathedral of Bamberg, above two angels with the chapter coat of arms.

Classified as Zepernick 65, Slg Erlanger 2415, Heller 363. 38.5 mm. Edge lettering. Lines at 4:00 and 8:00 on obverse and near back hoof on reverse are metal flow lines.
View Coin Bamberg - 1746 Medal (Zepernick 350) GERMANY - STATES - 1601-1800 Bamberg AR 1746 GERMANY BAMBERG CATHOLIC BISHOP MEMORIAL Zepernick 350 NGC AU 55 Sede vacante medal issued to commemorate the death of the bishop Friedrich Karl von Schönborn, who was also the bishop of Wurzburg. Classified as Zepernick 350. The medal is 53.6 mm in size.

ex: Kuenker spring 2008 auction (136-139). Lot 7119.
View Coin Bamberg - 1795 Medal (Zepenick 72) German States Bamberg Silver SILVER 1795-DATED GERMANY ERLANGER-2436 BAMBERG SEDE VACANTE Zepernick 72, Slg Erlanger 2436, Heller 565 NGC MS 63 Medal commemorating the empty seat upon the death of Franz Ludwig Freiherr von Erthal (1730-1795). Design by J P Werner. Obv: Emperor Heinrich II with scepter. Rev: Empress Cunigunda standing in front of Bamberg cathedral. Classified as Zepernick 72, Slg Erlanger 2436, Heller 565. 38mm.
View Coin Bamberg - 1795 Medal (Zepernick 71) German States Bamberg Silver SILVER 1795 GERMANY BAMBERG ERLANGER-2435 SEDE VACANTE Erlanger 2435, Zepernick 71 (43.75g) NGC AU 58 Medal struck to commemorate the empty seat upon the death of Franz Ludwig Freiherr von Erthal (1730-1795). As the prince-bishop of Würzburg and Bamberg from 1779 to 1795, he was a champion of education and laid the foundation for early social welfare. Zepernick 71; Erlanger 2435; Heller 564. 48mm. 43.77 g. Medal designed by P. P. Werner.

S. Heinrich seated facing on throne, holding scepter and orb. Rev: Heinrich and Kunigunde standing left and right, respectively, heads facing one another, around altar bearing bishop’s regalia and coat-of-arms; rayed Eye of Providence above.

ex. CNG 99, Lot: 1172 (May 2015)
View Coin Bamberg - 1800 20 Kreuzer GERMANY - MINOR COINS Silver 20K 1800 BAMBERG Krug 431, Heller 566, KM #140 NGC MS 64 Issued under the rule of Christoph Franz von Buseck (1795-1802). Last ruler before the bishopric was secularized in 1801 and annexed to Bavaria in 1802. The 20 kreuzer is also recognized as a 1/6 Konventionstaler or a ¼ taler. Classified as Krug 431, Heller 566, KM #140. 1 year issue
View Coin Brixen - 1747 Medal Austrian States Brixen Silver 1747 Mont-2749, Zepernick 75 PCGS AU 50 1747 sede vacante medal from Prince-Bishopric of Brixen.
43.5 gm, 53 mm, Zepernick 75, Montenuovo 2749
View Coin Brixen - 1779 Medal Austrian States Brixen 1779 Silver 1779 Zepernick 76 PCGS AU 53 Sede Vacante (1778-1779) 2 Taler Medal (49mm, 43.63 g, 12h). Five lines across field; fifteen coats-of-arms around; six-rayed star between top two shields, Tyrolean eagle facing, head left, with wings displayed; crozier right horizontally across breast. Zepernick 76; Montenuovo 2750.

ex: Heritage, auction 3049, Sept 2016, lot 32497
View Coin Brixen - 1791 Medal Austrian States Brixen 1791 Silver 1791 Zepernick 77 PCGS MS 62 Scarce sede vacante medal from 1791. Design by J.J. Neuss d. Ä. Adler. Struck upon the death of Bishop Joseph Philipp. 50.64 mm; 39.86 g. Zepernick 77.

ex: Heritage, auction 3049, Sept 201, lot 32498
View Coin Cologne - 1688 Taler GERMANY - STATES - 1801-1873 Cologne TALER 1688 GERMANY COLOGNE DAV-5153 DAV-5153 NGC F Sede vacante taler issued to commemorate the death of the bishop Maximilian Henry of Bavaria in 1688. The reverse of the taler features a nativity scene with the adoration of Christ. The symbolism is a reference back to the Cologne cathedral, which was built to house the relics of the three wise men. Classified as DAV-5153; Zepernick 32. Scarce issue; one of only 2 pieces graded at PCGS and NGC.

ex: Kuenker auction, March 2008, Lot 7144
View Coin Cologne - 1761 1/8 Taler GERMANY - FRAC. TALERS Cologne 1761 Silver 1/8T 1761 COLOGNE NGC XF Details Scarce sede vacante 1/8 taler issued to commemorate the death of Clemens August of Bavaria, Archbishop-Elector of Cologne (1723–1761). Classified as Zepernick 44.
View Coin Cologne - 1761 1/4 Taler GERMANY - FRAC. TALERS Cologne 1761 1/4T 1761 COLOGNE NGC VF 30 Scarce sede vacante 1/4 taler issued to commemorate the death of Clemens August of Bavaria, Archbishop-Elector of Cologne (1723–1761). Classified as Zepernick 43.
View Coin Cologne - 1761 Taler (AU-55) GERMANY - TALERS Cologne 1761 Silver TALER 1761 COLOGNE DAV-2176 SEDE VACANTE DAV-2176 NGC AU 55 Sede vacante taler issued to commemorate the death of Clemens August of Bavaria, Archbishop-Elector of Cologne (1723–1761). Classified as DAV-2176; Zepernick 41. Very scarce; nicer of 2 graded at PCGS or NGC.

ex: Heritage April 2018 lot 30864
View Coin Eichstatt - 1757 Taler GERMANY - TALERS Eichstatt TALER 1757 MF EICHSTATT DAV-2208 SEDE VACANTE DAV-2208 NGC MS 63 Sede vacante taler issued to commemorate the death of Johann Anton II von Freinerg-Hopferau (1736-1757). The taler is classified as DAV-2208; Zepernick 78.

ex: Stacks, May 2010
View Coin Eichstatt - 1781 Taler GERMANY - STATES - 1601-1800 Eichstatt TALER 1781 KR/OE GERMANY EICHSTATT DAV-2210 DAV-2210 NGC MS 61 Sede vacante taler issued to commemorate the death of Raymund Anton Graf von Strasoldo who ruled from 1757 to 1781. Classified as DAV-2210; Zepernick 79.
View Coin Eichstatt - 1790 2 Taler GERMANY - TALERS Eichstatt 2T 1790 W Zepernick 80 EICHSTATT DAV-2212 SEDE VACANTE DAV-2212 NGC MS 62 Double taler issued by the cathedral chapter of the prince-bishopric of Eichstätt after the death of prince-bishop Johann Anton von Zehmen in 1790. The canons of the cathedral chapter ruled the bishopric during the interregnum ('sede vacante') between the death of the bishop and their election of a successor. The names of the 15 aristocratic canons are displayed on the tree. Classified as Zepernick 80.
View Coin Freising - 1763 Medal GERMANY - STATES - 1801-1873 Freising AR 1763 GERMANY FREISING CORBINIANUS & SIGISMUNDUS Zepernick 84 NGC AU 58 Sede vacante medal issued to commemorate the death of Johann Theodor, duke of Bavaria (1727-1763). The medal is 44mm in size. Classified as Zepernick 84 / Sellier 55.

ex: Kuenker, March 2008, lot 7132
View Coin Freising - 1788 Medal German States Freising 1788 Silver 1788 Zepernick 85 PCGS MS 62 Sedisvakanz 1788. Death of Louis Joseph Freiherr of Welden (died Mar 1788). Seven lines characters, including a entwined with flowers rod and two knotted with a ribbon oak branches // Madonna and Child in aureole, including the princely covered pin crest, with crosier, prelate cross and sword ornate, round crest wreath. 44.76 mm; . 36.37g Sellier 61; Zepernick 85

ex: Heritage, auction 3049, Sept 2016, lot 33051
View Coin Fulda - 1788 20 Kreuzer GERMANY - MINOR COINS Fulda 1788 Silver 20K 1788 FULDA Eichelmann 152, Buchonia 129, Schmidt 1143 NGC MS 64 One year issue to commemorate the death of Prince-Bishop of Fulda, Heinrich VIII von Bibra.

Ex Heritage Feb 2021
Ex. Engelen Collection
View Coin Fulda - 1788 Taler German States Fulda TALER 1788 Zepernick 86 DAV-2263 Donald H. Kagin collection PCGS MS 63 Sede vacante taler issued to commemorate the death of Heinrich VIII von Bibra, who was the Prince Bishop (1759-1788). Classified as DAV-2263; Zepernick 86. One of 4 total graded at PCGS and NGC.

ex: Heritage, auction Jan 2009, lot 21139
View Coin Fulda - 1788 Taler GERMANY - STATES - 1801-1873 Fulda TALER 1788 GERMANY FULDA DAV-2263 DAV-2263 NGC MS 64 Sede vacante taler issued to commemorate the death of Heinrich VIII von Bibra, who was the Prince Bishop (1759-1788). Classified as DAV-2263; Zepernick 86. The taler features a rich patina and plenty of mirrored surfaces. Highest grade of 4 pieces graded at PCGS and NGC.

ex: Northeast Numismatics, Nov 2006
View Coin Halberstadt - 1542 Taler German States Halberstadt TALER 1542 GERMANY HALBERSTADT DAV-9210 DAV-9210 NGC XF 40 Taler issued by Halberstadt in present day Saxony-Alhalt. Originally founded during the reign of Charlemagne in 814.
The bishops of Halberstadt obtained the rights for a mint in the 10th century. From 1479, the diocese was administrated by the Archbishops of Magdeburg. The diocese converted to protestantism in 1540 near the time this taler was minted. For collectors of talers, it should be noted that the cathedral chapter elected Prince Henry Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel first Lutheran bishop in 1566, a lineage synonymous with notable numismatic history. Zepernick 296, Schulten 1035

ex. WAG auction lot 408 (Feb 2011)
View Coin Halberstadt - 1691 Taler GERMANY - TALERS Halberstadt Silver TALER 1691 ICS HALBERSTADT DAV-5356 DAV-5356, Zepernick 317 NGC MS 62 The Diocese of Halberstadt was a Roman Catholic diocese from 804 until 1648. From 1180, the bishops or administrators of Halberstadt ruled a state within the Holy Roman Empire, the prince-bishopric of Halberstadt. From 1479, the diocese was administrated by the Archbishops of Magdeburg. While the Halberstadt citizens turned Protestant around 1540, the cathedral chapter elected Prince Henry Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel first Lutheran bishop in 1566. According to the 1648 Peace of Westphalia, the prince-bishopric was finally secularized to the Principality of Halberstadt held by Brandenburg-Prussia. The 1691 taler was issued jointly by the city and the bishopric and represents the last taler issued by Halberstadt. Classified as DAV-5356, Zepernick 317.

ex: Heritage Jan 2021 lot 32597
View Coin Hall - 1618 Taler AUSTRIA - EMPIRE PART 1 Hall TALER 1618 CO HALL DAV-3324C DAV-3324 PCGS AU 53 Struck in 1618 during the rule of Maximilian III, Archduke of Austria. The taler has been included in this set as a peripheral issue due to the title of Grandmaster in the Teutonic Order held by Archduke Maximilian starting in 1585. The Order of Brothers of the German House of Saint Mary in Jerusalem, also known as the Teutonic Order, has a storied history as a Catholic religious order. Dating to 1192, the Teutonic Order was formed to aid Christians on their pilgrimages to the Holy Land and to establish hospitals. The order's influence peaked in the early 1400s with its holdings spanning across Europe and the Balkans.
View Coin Harz - 1753 Tauftaler (Baptismal Taler) GERMANY - TALERS Harz Silver TALER 1753 IBH HARZ-ZELLERFELD DAV-UNL KATSOUROS-23 KATSOUROS-23 NGC AU 58 Ornate medal (tauftaler) struck in the Zellerfeld mint, which operated in Harz from the early 1600s through 1789 when it merged with the Clausthal mint. The large planchet issue (50mm) features John the Baptist kneeling to the left, baptizing Jesus Christ standing facing with arms crossed in the Jordan river. The Holy Spirit doves are featured above. Attributed to mint master Johann Benjamin Hecht. Classified as Katsouros 23.
View Coin Harz - 2T (c. 1680) (Baptismal Taler) GERMANY - TALERS Harz Silver 2T (c.1680s) HARZ - ZELLERFIELD KNYPHAUSEN-7295 Knyphausen-7295 NGC AU 58 Obv: Scene of John the Baptist baptizing Christ in the river Jordan / Rev: Ten-line inscription references three verses from the bible which focus on baptism: Galatians 3:26-27, Titus 3:5-7, and 1 Peter 3:21. Denomination "2" stamped at the bottom. Approx 63 mm; 52 g

A tauftaler is a taler-style medal minted by the Zellerfeld mint in Harz. Often called a Baptismal taler, these were struck in the 1600s and 1700s and presented by the godfather of a newborn to the family or parents of the baby. Several varieties were produced and are most commonly attributed using the Katsouros or Knyphausen catalogue references. The Harz issued talers are not included in the standard Davenport catalogues.

ex. - Heritage (Jan 2019) - lot 30465
View Coin Hildesheim - 1724 Medal GERMANY - STATES - 1801-1873 Hildesheim Silver AR 1724 GERMANY HILDESHEIM CATHOLIC BISHOP MEMORIAL Zepernick 143 NGC AU 55 Sede vacante medal issued to commemorate the death of Joseph Clemens of Bavaria (1702-1723). The medal is 54.5 mm in size. Classified as Zepernick 143. -
View Coin Hildesheim - 1761 2/3 Taler GERMANY - FRAC. TALERS Hildesheim 2/3T 1761 S HILDESHEIM Zepernick 146 NGC AU 58 Scarce 2/3 taler struck for Hildesheim to commemorate the death of Clemens August of Bavaria in 1761. Classified as Zepernick 146. Only piece graded at NGC or PCGS.

ex: Kuenker March 2013, auction 228. lot 4614
View Coin Hildesheim - 1761 Medal German States Hildesheim Silver SILVER 1761-DATED GERMANY HILDESHEIM ZEPERNICK-145 Zepernick 145, Mehl 676 (43.8g, 60mm) NGC MEDAL MS 61 Sede vacante medal issued to commemorate the death of Clemens August of Bavaria in 1761, the archbishop and prince-elector of Cologne, prince-bishop of Münster, Osnabrück and Paderborn.

ex: Kuenker auction 182-187 - lot 4541, March 2011
View Coin Lubeck - 1727 Taler GERMANY - TALERS Lubeck TALER 1727 LUBECK DAV-2410 DAV-2410 NGC AU 50 Issued by the bishopric of Lübeck (Schleswig-Holstein). Classified as DAV-2410 / Zepernick 156 / Behrens 836. Features the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI on the obverse and the crest of the cathedral chapter on the reverse. This type was issued on the death of Charles August I and prior to the elevation of Adolf Friedrich (1727-50). Charles Augustus of Holstein-Gottorp (26 November 1706 – 31 May 1727), was engaged to marry the future Elizabeth of Russia, but died before the wedding. Only piece graded by both NGC and PCGS.

ex: Philip Kapaan
Dr. Busso Peus Nachfolger, auction 403, Lot 2078. March 2011
View Coin Magdeburg - 1598 Taler German States Magdeburg Silver Taler 1589 DAV-944 PCGS XF 40 1589 Magdeburg taler struck during the seat of Joachim Fredrick, Administrator of Magdeburg (1566-1598). Classified as DAV- 9444.

The taler was issued during the waning years of the bishopric which fell to the Duke of Saxe-Weissenfels in 1635 after the Thirty Years War, and ultimately was secularized in 1680 when it was assigned to Brandenburg-Prussia. Of particular note is Magdeburg’s prominent role in the protestant reformation. Protestantism was taking root by the mid 1500s. Due to Calvinist influences, this archbishop was never officially recognized by the pope, which is why the title of administrator was used. Interesting also to note that Martin Luther was a young student in Magdeburg, and his writings were first published in Magdeburg.
View Coin Mainz - 1397-1419 Goldgulden GERMANY - TO 1600 Mainz 1397-1419 Gold 1GG (1397-1419) Bingen mint MAINZ BINGEN FR-1615 JOHANN II VON NASSAU Fr-1615, Felke 576, Link 24 (3.43g) NGC MS 63 Gold gulden from the Archbishopric and Electorate of Mainz. Issued by Archbishop Johann II von Nassau, (1397-1419). Bingen mint. The Archbishop is seated on a throne with the shield of Mainz below. Reverse has the traditional Mainz wheel in an ornate shield. Front inscription ° IOhS ° ARE - PS ° MAGV °. 3.43 g. Fr-1615, Felke 576, Link 24, Slg. Pick 131 var ; Slg Walther – (zu 97). Provenance to Eberhard Link collection. NGC MS-63

Ex - Kuenker lot 4027 – auction 324 June 2019
Ex - Kurpfälzische Münzhandlung 47, Mannheim, Nr. 698, 1994
View Coin Mainz - 1729 1/8 Taler GERMANY - FRAC. TALERS Mainz Silver 1/8T 1729 BIB MAINZ Alex 637, Slg.Walther 476, Heller 309 NGC MS 65 Commemorates the death of Arch-Bishop Lothar Franz von Schönborn; Bishop of Mainz and Bamberg. Classified as Alex 637, Slg.Walther 476, Heller 309, KM 251.
View Coin Mainz - 1732 1/2 Taler GERMANY - FRAC. TALERS Mainz Silver 1/2T 1732 MAINZ - SEDE VACANTE Zepernick 16 NGC MS 63 Extremely scarce 1/2 taler minted to commemorate the death of Franz Ludwig von Pfalz-Neuburg (1664-1732). He carried the title of the Prince-Bishop of Worms, the Archbishop-Elector of Trier, and the Archbishop-Elector of Mainz. Total mintage of 200 pieces. Classified as Zepernick 16, Walther 500, Alexander 657. 14.56 g

ex:Fritz Rudolf Künker, auction 138, lot 7153, March 2008
View Coin Mainz - 1743 1/2 Taler GERMANY - FRAC. TALERS Mainz 1743 Silver 1/2T 1743 MAINZ - SEDE VACANTE Zepernick 19, Alexander 668, Heerdt 556 NGC AU 55 Scarce 1/2 taler from Mainz. Design by Wiegand Schäffer, Mannheim. Struck to commemorate the death of archbishop of Mainz Philipp Karl von Eltz-Kempenich. Features St. Martin on horseback.

Classified as Walther 509, Alexander 668, Zepernick 19; 12.04 g .; 37 mm

ex. Dr Busso Peus Nachf, Auction 418, lot 2612, Nov 2016

Dr Busso Peus Nachf
Leipziger Münzhandlung auction 69, lot 1659, Sept 2010
View Coin Mainz - 1743 Taler GERMANY - TALERS Mainz Silver TALER 1743 MAINZ SEDE VACANTE KM 281, Zepernick 18, Walther 508 NGC MS 64 Exquisite medallic sede vacante taler from Mainz. Features Saint Martin on horse trotting left, holding sword and sharing clothing with beggar to lower right; border of 12 coats-of-arms. (47mm, 33.21 g, 12h). By W. Schäffer. Walther 508; Zepernick 18. Only piece to be graded. Plate coin for images at NGC.

ex: CNG 99 auction - lot 1178
View Coin Mainz - 1768 1/12 Taler GERMANY - FRAC. TALERS Mainz Silver 1/12T 1768 MAINZ Prince Alexander 753; Col. Walther 628 NGC MS 64 One year issue struck by Mainz to commemorate the death of Emerich Joseph von Breitbach-Bürresheim, arch bishop of Mainz (1763-1774) and Bishop of Worms (1768-1774). Holder incorrectly states year of 1768; this was in fact minted in 1774. The10 Kreuzer denomination is also known as a 1/12 Convention Taler. Classified as Prince Alexander 753; Col. Walther 628.
View Coin Mainz - 1774 Medal (shautaler) German States Mainz Silver SILVER 1774-DATED GERMANY MAINZ ZEPERNICK-27 Walther 641, Alexander 756, Zepernick 27 (14.6g, 37.6mm) NGC MEDAL AU 58 Sede vacante medal commemorating the death of Emmerich Joseph von Breidbach zu Bürresheim, Archbishop-Elector of Mainz from 1763 to 1774 . Scarce. Described by Dr Busso Peus as 1/2 Schautaler, 14.60 g, stempel von August Friedrich Stieler (unsigniert). Prinz Alexander 756 Slg. Heerdt 622 Slg. Walther 641 Zepernick 27 (Tf. III, 32)

ex: Dr. Busso Peus Nachfolger, auction 405, lot 775 (Nov 2011)
Meister & Sonntag, auction 14, lot 1479 (May 2012)
View Coin Mainz - 1774 Medal German States Mainz Silver SILVER 1774-DATED GERMANY MAINZ ZEPERNICK-268 Walther 640; Zepernick 268 (29.2g, 43.6mm) NGC MEDAL MS 62 Sede vacante medal commemorating the death of Emmerich Joseph von Breidbach zu Bürresheim in, Archbishop-Elector of Mainz from 1763 to 1774 . Rare.

ex: Kuenker auction, March 2013, lot 5776, auction 226
View Coin Mainz - 1774 1/12 Taler GERMANY - FRAC. TALERS Mainz 1/12T 1774 MAINZ THE DEATH OF PHILIPP KARL NGC MS 65 Doppelgroschen (1/12 taler) commemorating the death of Emmerich Joseph, the Archbishop-Elector of Mainz from (1763 - 1774) and prince-bishop of Worms (1768-1774). Label incorrectly identifies Philipp Karl, who died in 1754.
View Coin Munster - 1648 Medal GERMANY - TALERS Munster Silver TALER 1648 MUNSTER PEACE OF WESTPHALIA Pax-124 PCGS AU 50 Medallic taler issued by the Munster bishopric to celebrate the signing of part of the Peace of Westphalia in Munster in 1648, ending the Thirty Years War. Olive branch above the city on obverse. Reverse has three doves with olive branches flying above a crown and scepter. Medalist is Ketteler, diameter is 41 mm. One of two variations identified under KM #48 in the Munster's Taler listings in "Krause's German Coins 1501-Present".

The Thirty Years' War was a war fought primarily in Central Europe between 1618 and 1648. One of the most destructive conflicts in human history, it resulted in eight million fatalities not only from military engagements but also from violence, famine, and plague. Casualties were overwhelmingly and disproportionately inhabitants of the Holy Roman Empire, most of the rest being battle deaths from various foreign armies. In terms of proportional German casualties and destruction, it was surpassed only by the period January to May 1945; one of its enduring results was 19th-century Pan-Germanism, when it served as an example of the dangers of a divided Germany and became a key justification for the 1871 creation of the German Empire.
View Coin Munster - 1650 Taler GERMANY - TALERS Munster TALER 1650 EK MUNSTER DAV-5597 SEDE VACANTE DAV-5597 NGC XF 45 Sede vacante taler issued to commemorate the death of Archbishop Ferdinand of Bavaria. Struck in the name of Ferdinand III. Classified as DAV-5597; Zepernick 216; Schulze 77. Scarce issue.

ex: Kuenker auction 143, October 2008
View Coin Munster - 1706 Taler GERMANY - TALERS Munster TALER 1706 MUNSTER DAV-2465 SEDE VACANTE DAV-2465 NGC MS 63 Sede vacante taler issued to commemorate the death of Bishop Frederick Christian of Plettenberg. Scarce in this condition. Classified as DAV-2465; Zepernick 219. Finest of 4 total graded at NGC and PCGS.
View Coin Munster - 1706 Taler GERMANY - TALERS Munster TALER 1706 MUNSTER DAV-2464 FRIEDRICH CHRISTIAN DAV-2464 NGC AU 58 Although this is not officially recognized as a Sede Vacante taler, I have made an exception for this piece. It is a one year type struck by the German State of Munster to commemorate the death of the Bishop, Friedrich-Christian von Plettenberg, in 1706. The official Sede Vacante taler to recognize this event was issued by Munster later in the same year. One of 3 pieces graded by NGC and PCGS.

ex: Heritage auction 3010, lot 20973, Aug 2010
View Coin Munster - 1719 Medal German States Munster 1719 Silver 1719 Zepernick 220 PCGS AU 55 Medal struck to commemorate the death of Arnold von Wolff-Metternich zur Gracht, the prince bishop of Paderborn. Zepernick 220, Schulze 213. 48 mm.

ex: Heritage auction, Jan 2016, lot 33393
View Coin Munster - Medallic 1.5 Taler GERMANY - TALERS Munster 1.5T 1719 AGP MUNSTER DAV-UNL,KM-M2 SEDE VACANTE Zepernick 221, Schulte 212 NGC AU 58 The one year type taler was issued in 1719 after the death of Franz Arnold von Wolff-Metternich zur Gracht , who held the bishop seat from 1706 - 1718. The issue is often called a 1 ½ Regiments Taler.
View Coin Munster - 1761 Medal German States Munster 1.5T 1761 GERMANY MUNSTER SCHULZE-252 SEDE VACANTE Zepernick 224, Schulze 252 NGC MEDAL MS 62 Medal struck to commemorate the empty seat after the death of bishop Clemens August of Bavaria. His domain included the Bishop of Regensburg, the Archbishop of Cologne, Prince-Bishop of Münster, Hildesheim, and Osnabrück, and a Grand Master of the Teutonic Order. He personally crowned his brother Charles VII emperor at Frankfurt in 1742. 55mm in size.

ex: Heritage, Long Beach auction, Sept 2013, Auction lot 27130
View Coin Munster - 1761 Taler GERMANY - TALERS Munster 1761 TALER 1761 MUNSTER DAV-2470 SEDE VACANTE DAV-2470, Zepernick 225 NGC MS 64 Sede vacante taler to commemorate the death of Clemens August of Bavaria. Classified as DAV-2470, Zepernick 225. This is a popular one-year type that features Charlemagne--intricately detailed holding a sword and imperial orb. Reverse features the Munster cathedral will full detail. The strong strike is uncommon for the issue.
View Coin Munster - 1801 2/3 Taler GERMANY - STATES - 2 Munster 2/3T 1801 MUNSTER Zepernick 334 NGC MS 62 Commemorates the death of bishop Maximilian Franz in 1801. This was the last issue of coinage from this state, as all of the ecclesiastical states were mediatized by Napoleon in the years to follow. Also recognized as a half taler. The 2/3 is believed to recognize that the issue is also 2/3 of a gulden. Classified as Schulze 270; Zepernick 334.
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