The Thursday, August 9th issue of Coins Weekly has a nice article on coins of the Siege of Strasbourg written by
Ursula Kampmann, "With the kind permission of Gorny & Mosch".
Here's an excerpt.
The city of Strasbourg was a very good place for Protestants. The citizens were staunchly Lutheran-minded and the city was a member of the Schmalkaldic League. The growth in Protestantism was welcomed by the city, as it immediately employed armed force to drive the Catholic portion of the cathedral chapter out of the city – at the time, Bishop Johann IV and his Catholic cathedral chapters were based in Saverne, the Protestant cathedral chapter in Strasbourg.
Johann Georg of Brandenburg. Uniface Thaler Klippe of 80 Kreutzers, 1593
The conflict intensified greatly in 1592 when the old bishop died and both parties elected a successor. The Protestant successor was 15-year-old Johann Georg of Brandenburg, and for the Catholic successor, Karl of Lorraine.
Armed conflicts quickly followed. At the beginning of 1592, the Catholic army surrounded Strasbourg and besieged the city. This is also the time that our little series of siege klippes was created.
Johann Georg of Brandenburg. Uniface Quarter-Thaler Klippe of 20 Kreutzers
As with most siege coins, these are very simply manufactured. The stamping is uniface only and depicts three coats of arms: on top, that of Bishop Johann Georg of Brandenburg, below it left, the shield of the cathedral chapter, and right, the shield of the city of Strasbourg. On the top, the cipher of year is inscribed, and below, the value numeral. There are three weight variations: the pieces of a thaler of 80 kreutzers, the half-thaler pieces of 40 kreutzers and the extremely rare klippe of a quarter-thaler, or 20 kreutzers.
I asked our resident siege coin expert Larry Korchnak about these, and he adds:
Both coins are reasonably rare. The smaller - half taler - piece is much rarer than the large one - 92 kr.
To read the complete article, see:
The Siege of Strasbourg
Wayne Homren, Editor
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