1860/1901, Frankfurt. Silver 2 Thaler (3½ Gulden) Coin. Engraved as a Christmas Gift for a distant Child!
Mint Year: 1860 References: KM-365. Denomination: Double Thaler (2 Thaler) Condition: Smoothed and engraved reverse with a message from the parents of a distant son, which send their Christmas wishes and a good talk to their child (a student?), which is located in a distant country, otherwise XF-AU! Weight: 33.19gm (the underweight is caused by the reduced and engraved reverse!) Diameter: 41mm Material: Silver
Obverse: Wreathed female bust right (personification of Frankfurt). City arms at chest. Comment: Engraver´s name (A.V. NORDHEIM) at bust´s base. Legend: FREIE STADT FRANKFURT
Reverse: Engraved inscription commemorating this coin as a Christmas gift (engraved in 1901) by the obviously concerned parents of a young person (a student?) who is far away from home. Legend: "Aus Vaterhaus aus teure schliefs Dich an, das halte fest mit Deinem ganzen Herzen hier sind die starken Wurzeln Deiner Kraft dort in dem fernen Land - stehst Du allein - ein schwankes Rohr das jeder Sturm zerknickt. Weihnachten 1901." Translated: "From your father's house where you dearly slept. Hold firmly with your whole heart, here are the strong roots of your strength, there in this remote country, you stand alone, a shaky straw, crumpled by every storm. Christmas 1901":
After the ill-fated revolution of 1848, Frankfurt was the seat of the first democratically elected German parliament, the Frankfurt Parliament, which met in the
Frankfurter Paulskirche (St. Paul's Church) and was opened on 18 May 1848. The institution failed in 1849 when the Prussian king declared that he would not accept "a crown from the gutter". In the year of its existence, the assembly developed a common constitution for a unified Germany, with the Prussian king as its monarch.
Frankfurt lost its independence after the Austro-Prussian War as Prussia in 1866 annexed several smaller states, among them the free city of Frankfurt. The Prussian administration incorporated Frankfurt into its province of Hesse-Nassau. The formerly independent towns of Bornheim and Bockenheim were incorporated in 1890.
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