1621, Switzerland, Schaffhausen (Canton). Scarce Large Silver Thaler Coin. VF+
Mint Year: 1621 Denomination: Thaler Mint Place: Schaffhausen Reference: Davenport 4627, KM-25 ($250 in VF!). R! Condition: Scratches and light deposits, cleaned and with hairlines, otherwise VF+ Weight: 29.76gm Diameter: 40mm Material: Silver
Obverse: Ram jumping out of city gate. Date (1621) above. Legend: + MONETA + NOVA + SCAFVSENSIS
Reverse: Heraldic double headed eagle at chest. Legend: + DEVS + SPES NOSTRA + EST +
Schaffhausen was a city state in the Middle Ages, documented to have struck its own coins starting in 1045. For a time it was under Habsburg domination, but regained its independence in 1415. It allied itself with Zurich in 1457, and became a full member of the Swiss Confederation in 1501. The first railroad came to Schaffhausen in 1857. Schaffhausen is located in a finger of Swiss territory surrounded on three sides by Germany.
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