1763, Salzburg, Sigismund Count von Schrattenbach. Large Silver Thaler Coin. XF-
Mint Year: 1763 Mint Place: Salzburg Denomination: Thaler Reference: Davenport 1257, KM-403.1, Probszt-2295. Engraver: Franz Xavier Matzenkopf (die-cutter) Ruler (Prince-Bishop): Sigismund Count von Schrattenbach. Condition: Welding scars at 12 o’clock (where a suspension loop was masterfully removed), otherwise a nice XF! Weight: 27.49gm Diameter: 41mm Material: Silver
Obverse: Draped bust of Count Sigismund von Schrattenbach as Prince-Bishop of Salzburg, wearing large jewelled cross. Legend: SIGISMUND . D : G . A . & PR . SAL . Exergue: F.M.K.
Reverse: Ducal cap on coat-of-arms witha winged cupid above two oval ornate shields with arms of Salzburg and of the Prince-Bishop. Legend: S. RUPERTUS . EPISCOP : SALISBURGENS . 1753
The Archbishopric of Salzburg was an ecclesiastical state of the Holy Roman Empire, roughly consisting of the present-day state of Salzburg (the ancient Roman city of Iuvavum) in Austria.
Sigismund Graf von Schrattenbach (* 28 February 1698 in Graz; † 16 December 1771 in Salzburg) was the Archbishop of Salzburg from 1753 to 1771. He was the son of Otto Heinrich, Graf von Schrattenbach, and Maria Theresa, Countess of Wildenstein, widowed Baroness Gall von Gallenstein.
After studying theology, he was ordained a priest in 1723. He became Archbishop of Salzburg after the death of Andreas Jakob Graf von Dietrichstein, and was himself succeeded after his death by Hieronymus von Colloredo. Michael Haydn wrote a Requiem in his honor, and stayed in Salzburg under the reign of Colloredo. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, on the other hand, left soon after.