Wide Show-Thaler

Hungarian, Kremnitz

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Transylvania, a Hungarian province, supplied much of Europe’s silver and gold at the time. Alchemists regarded silver as the moon’s metal, imbued with magic powers. It was also the currency of cash, in particular the Thaler: a coin minted throughout sixteenth-century Europe. In an era marked by constant threat of war, precious silver vessels were literally worth their weight in currency—easily melted down in times of need.

[Elizabeth Cleland, 2017]

Wide Show-Thaler, Silver, Hungarian, Kremnitz

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