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Death thaler

Diameter: 52.000 mm

CM George III Germ.c.682

'Death thaler'

From: Germany
Date: AD 1671

When an important person died in seventeenth-century Germany, special coins would be made and given to people at the funeral to remind them of the life of the person being buried. This coin was made in 1671 after the death of Sybilla Ursula, duchess of Holstein-Sonderburg Glucksburg.

Have a look at the larger picture. One side of the coin has written details such as her date of birth and death. The other side has Sybilla Ursula rising to heaven with the help of angels, leaving her skeleton behind.