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Lot 701

German States -- Teutonic Order. Taler, 1603 (Hall). Dav-5848; Dudik-187b. Maximilian of Austria, 1588-1618. Emperor standing. Reverse: Emperor on horseback. Beautifully toned in shades of deep lilac blue and mauve, also sharply impressed on a broad flan, thus truly exceptional. NGC graded MS-65.

The Teutonic Order was a military order of medieval origin, modeled on the Hospitallers of St. John. The origin dates to the Third Crusade, in 1190, under the walls of besieged Accon (Acre) in Palestine, where German pilgrims from Lubeck and Bremen with the Duke of Holstein had set up a temporary hospital (a tent actually) to care for the sick and wounded of their country. After the capture of Acre, the hospital was permanently established in the city with the aid of Frederick of Swabia, leader of the German Crusade. The Order of Teutonic Knights was founded, taking its place with the two other orders of Jerusalem, the Hospitallers and the Templars. The members were nobles and knights who took monastic vows of poverty and chastity. This classic taler captures the emblematic majesty of the order.
Estimated Value $800 - 1,000.
Ex Irving Goodman Collection.

Realized $3,450

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