Contemporaries in the Holy Roman Empire
Thaler 1542, Buchholz T. Ø 39 mm. Keilitz 193; Schnee 102; Dav.9734.
Obv.: IOHANnes FRidericus - ELECtor·DVX - SAConiae·BVRGgravivs - MAGDEBurgensis
with the coat of arms: Electorate/Saxony (top), Margraviate Thuringia (right), Magdeburg (bottom) and Meissen.
Effigy of John Frederic dressed as elector and holding the electoral sword on his shoulder.
Rev.: MAVRITIVs - DVX·SAX - ONIaE·FIE - RI·FECit·T· [ T = Sign of the mint in Buchholz]
with the coat of arms: Duchy Saxony (top), Thuringia (right), Palatinate of Saxony (bottom) and Margraviate Meissen.
Effigy of Maurice dressed with a coat looking to the left. Date in the field: 15- 4Z.
Thaler 1543, Buchholz T. Ø 39 mm. Keilitz 196; Schnee 117; Dav.9736.
Obv: IOHANnes Fridericus - ELECtor·DVX - SAXoniae·BVRGgravivs - MAGDeburgensis
with the arms: Electorate & duchy Saxony (top), Thuringia (right), Magdeburg (bottom) and Meissen (left).
Effigy of John Frederic holding electoral sword as before.
Rev.: MAVRITIVs - DVX·SAX - ONIaE·FIE - RI·FECit·T· [ FIERI FECIT = Caused to be made ]
with the arms: Duchy Saxony (top), Margraviate Thuringia (right), Palatinate of Saxony (bottom) and Margraviate Meissen.
Armored effigy of Maurice to the left, a battle axe on his right shoulder, a sword handle in his left hand, date in the field: 15 - 43.
Thaler 1547, Freiberg. Ø 39 mm. Keilitz 192.1; Schnee 115; Dav.-.
Obv.: IOHANnes Fridericus - ELector·DVX - SAXoniae·BVRgravivs - MAGdeburgensis·Z -
Arms in the legend: Electoral Duchy of Saxony (top), Margraviate Meissen (right), Landgraviate Thuringia, Duchy of Saxonia (left) - Bust of John Frederic I in electoral dressing carrying electoral sword.
Rev.: MAVRIcivs - DVX·SA - Xoniae·FIlius·IVSti - FREIberg (star) [star = mm. A. Alnpeck in Freiberg]
FILIVS IVSTI = son of Henry the Pious
Arms in the legend: Duchy of Saxony (top), Meissen (right), Palatine county Saxony, Thuringia.
Armored effigy of Maurice between date 15 - 47.
Little effort was made for the picture of Maurice. It is not a realistic portrait.
Note the difference to the next thaler, issued in the same year!
Thaler 1547, Annaberg. Ø 40 mm. Schnee 680; Dav.9786.
MAVRICIVS·D:G·DVX:SAXO:SA:ROMA:IMPERII / ARCHIMARSCHAL:ET:ELECTOR·ANB
The legende over both sides: "Maurice, by the grace of God Duke of Saxony, Holy Roman Empire / Archmarshal and Elector, (Mint:) Annaberg"
Here the effigy of Maurice is much more realistic.
Compare with a portrait painted by Lucas Cranach the Younger ca. 1550.
Thaler 1549, Annaberg. Ø 40 mm. Schnee 690; Dav.9787.
Obv.: MAVRICIVS - :Dei:Gratia:DVx:SAXoniae - :SAcri:ROmani:IMPerii:
"Maurice by the grace of God duke of Saxony, Holy Roman Empire"
arms in the legend: Meissen (top), Palatinate Saxonia (right), county Brehna (left)
Rev.: ARCHIMAR - SCHAL:ET: - ELECtor:ANnaBerg
"Archmarshal and elector, (mint) Annaberg"
arms in the legend: Mgft. Meissen (top), county Altenburg (right), Landgraviate Thuringia (left)
In the field a shield:
Saxony, Meissen; below: Palatinate Saxony, Landsberg; center: Electoral Duchy of Saxony.