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29 Feb 2020

Benedetto Pistrucci and the Waterloo Medal

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This is a re-write of a blog I wrote about 2 years ago.

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25 Feb 2020

Lauthenthal Mining Thaler

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As some of you have noticed I have been less active recently. Over the last 6 months or so my other commitments have kind of take over my life and the downtime I have has been greatly reduced. Some of this is work and some of it is numismatic related. In addition to that, I recently upgraded to life membership and that process caused a problem with my ANA account. That has all been fixed.Here is my latest addition to the numismatic family. I recently purchased this off of my favorite seller on MA-Shops.com. It had been on my watching list for over 6 months and I couldn’t bring myself to pull the trigger. This piece is way outside of my normal budget but I was recently able to sell off some unwanted items to help finance the acquisition. In addition, the seller was open to me making the purchase through a payment plan.Davenport shows 3 varieties of this piece in German Secular Talers 1600-1700 and surprisingly this is not one of them. I like collecting coins that are out of the ordinary. This one qualifies for a number of reasons. Mining Thaler’s from the 1600s, in general, are scarce. There are lots of varieties but I don’t consider any of them common. The depiction of St. Jacob also appealed to me. This is the only coin in my collection with him portrayed. I couldn’t find any link between him and the Lauthenthal area. In addition, it doesn’t appear that he was the patron saint of, well, anything.It does appear that there was/is a St. Jacobs church in Goslar am Harz which looks like it is about 25 miles away. The church has been existence since at least 1073 so it could be as simple as that.Maybe someone more versed in German history can shed some more light on this.Of all the appearances of all 4 varieties of these, this one appears to be better than most.Lautenthal, a town in the Harz Mountains of modern central Germany, was the site of a famous silver mine called “Lautenthal’s Luck.” Mining of copper, lead, and silver in the area around Lautenthal started about 1225. In the middle of the 14th century, however, the Harz was depopulated because of plague and mining came to an end.Miningin the Harz was started again in 1524. Lautenthal was founded in 1538 as a mining settlement on the river Laute, a small tributary of the Innerste, and had already been given the status of a town by 1580. Sixteen years later it became a free mining town. The town was enlarged in 1560 and a rectangular market place was laid out. A comparatively large town hall was built in 1570. The building was transformed into a hotel later. In 1626, the town was plundered by the troops of Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly in the Thirty Years' War. The Protestant town church was built 1649-59.

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