1621/1601, Switzerland, Schaffhausen (Canton). Large Silver Thaler Coin. XF!
Denomination: Thaler Mint Place: Schaffhausen Mint Year: 1621 (the third numberal re-engraved over "0") Reference: Davenport 4627, KM-25 ($250 in VF, no valuation in XF!). R! Condition: A few scratches, minor deposits, lightly wiped in the past, ohterwise a nice XF for this crudely struck type! Weight: 26.31gm Diameter: 40mm Material: Silver
Obverse: Ram jumping out of city gate. Date (1621 re-engraved from 1601) 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.