NETHERLANDS THORN Abbey daalder (30 stuivers) 1563


NETHERLAND, THORN Abbey, Margarethe van Brederode, circa 1514-1577, daalder (30 stuivers), 1563, Obverse: helmet above arms, MARGARE* D* BREDEROD* AB* BVND* SE* THORE* 1563, Reverse: eagle, DENARIVS* NOVVS* TRIGINTA* STVEBRORVM, silver, 41mm, 27.58g, Delmonte Z 767, corroded obverse, aG/VG

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A batch of these thalers came on the market. Here is a low grade bargain coin.

When Margarethe (Margaretha) van Brederode was the Abbess of Thorn Abbey she put out a lot of badly made coins in various denominations. They circulated locally but were considered undesireable by higher authorities in the Holy Roman Empire, who banned them in the rest of the Empire.

The Netherlands emerged in the 16th century when the the people fought against and eventually broke away from Spain. The country embarked on a career of colonial exploitation around the world, made a lot of money, lost most of it to the British during the Napoleonic wars. A constitutional monarchy was established after the fall of Napoleon.

The political arrangements that resulted in the nations of modern Europe began to emerge out of anarchy starting in the 7th century AD or so. Europe, for our purposes stretches from Greenland to somewhere in Russia. Collectors of Europe would likely include Russia. Collectors of Asia, even though about 2/3 of Russia is in Asia, probably not.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.