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1731, German States, Harz. Large Silver Baptismal Thaler Coin. R For Sale
1731, German States, Harz. Large Silver Baptismal Thaler Coin. R!
Mint Place: Zellerfeld
Mint Period: 1723-1731
Mint Master: Ernst Peter Hecht (EPH)
Reference: Davenport 2935, Katsouros 23. R!
Denomination: Baptismal Thaler ("Tauftaler" in German)
Obverse: Christ being anointed by John the baptist in the river Jordan, Biblical quotations around.
Reverse: Biblical quotations in 10 lines and in margins.
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The Harz is the highest mountain range in northern Germany and its rugged terrain extends across parts of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. The name Harz derives from the Middle High German word Hardt or Hart (mountain forest).
The Harz was first mentioned as Hartingowe in an 814 deed by the Carolingian King Louis the Pious. Settlement within the mountains began only 1000 years ago, as in ancient times dense forests made the region almost inaccessible. The suffix -rode (from German: roden, to stub) denotes a place where woodland had been cleared to develop a settlement.
The year 968 saw the discovery of silver deposits near the town of Goslar, and mines became established in the following centuries throughout the mountains. During the Middle Ages, ore from this region was exported along trade routes to far-flung places, such as Mesopotamia. The wealth of the region declined after these mines became exhausted in the early 19th century. People abandoned the towns for a short time, but prosperity eventually returned with tourism.
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