Prints and drawings by Albrecht Durer, £9.99
Weight: 18.370 g
Gift of A.J.S. McNickle
Coins and Medals
Silver vereinsthaler coin
Bavaria, Germany, AD 1858
Issued when closer ties between the German states were being established
Until the mid- to late nineteenth century, German states, including Bavaria, issued their own coinages. Various attempts to unify the German currencies were made throughout the century, and a common monetary standard was agreed upon in 1857.
The silver vereinsthaler (or union thaler) was the principal denomination, which was divided into the various small copper denominations of the different states. The vereinsthaler toook its name from the thaler, which was originally developed as a coin standard in the Holy Roman Empire and, as an internationally recognized trade coin, became a model for other countries. It was from the thaler that the United States dollar, the Swedish daler and the Dutch daalder took their names.
J. Cribb, B. Cook and I. Carradice, The coin atlas (London and Sydney, Macdonald Illustrated, 1990)