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  1. Thanks for the info jgenn. Today I discovered this site: https://heraldry-wiki.com/heraldrywiki/index.php?title=Heraldry_of_the_world I don't know why I have not been able to find it before. There is a lot of information about the symbols of the various countries.
  2. I have a set of Franklins and I love these coins. I have also noticed an interesting "feature" of many of these coins. I see evidence of die clashing. I wonder if polishing out the die clash marks, makes the die shallower and then easier to get an FBL since it does not have to fill as deep. The picture of the 1954-d coin in the post above by physics-fan3.14 shows this evidence of clashing. You can mostly see if because the flat surface around Franklin's head is no longer flat, in a bell-shape like the reverse. You can see a similar head-shape on the reverse.
  3. I purchased this coin this week so I wanted to share and ask a few questions. The coin is the 7th Bell Thaler coin from Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, a German State. The bell thalers were struck to celebrate the end of occupation near the end of the 30 years way (1618-1648). I have read about Duke Augustus, whose name is inscribed on the reverse. He was the 7th and youngest child in his family and had little chance of inheriting so he committed himself to study. He assembled the largest library of the time north of the Alps and was known as a highly literate person. He did become duke of Brunswick-Luneberg. Wikipedia has some interesting content about him. He would definitely be worth learning more about. I have also been slogging though this book: Münzen und Medaillen der Welfischen Lande: Das mittlere Haus Braunschweig, Linie zu Calenberg. It is written in German and is available on Google, which will do machine translations of the paragraphs. There is a section that shows the coats of arms but the one on this coin is not shown. Does anyone know of good resources to research the coats of arms on coins. I have tried many times and can't seem to find the right thing to search for. The other interesting feature on this coin is the seven decorated helmets at the top of the reverse. That is a mystery too that I would like to solve. My Davenport and KM books provide translations for the inscriptions. I can't quite make out what is inscribed on the bell. It looks like "NUPAC EX 80 E19". Yes, another mystery! Anyway, I hope you enjoy checking out this coin.
  4. Here is another thaler that I acquired this week for sharing. It is from Mansfeld. I learned aa bit about this one from this post: I am curious about the significance of the 7 flags at the top.
  5. This is another of my Thalers, a 1704 Austria with Leopold. This is the one that has the Order of the Golden Fleece on the reverse.
  6. I appreciate the encouragement to research in the internet. I am not wanting anyone to do my work for me, but some things are hard to find if you don't know what to search for. What I am asking is for pointers for what to search for and I am willing to do the work. I have a 1613 Austrian Thaler of Maximillian III which I have added a photo of. For legends, I have found the KM World Coins book and the Davenport references to be very helpful. In fact, I just received my copy of German Secular Thalers 1600-1700 this week. On this thaler, I am curious about the symbols on the reverse. I have read about the Ducal hat that appears at the top. However, the shield has several symbols that I can't seem to figure out. I have searched for Austrian coat of arms, and other stuff, but that has not yielded anything useful. Knowing what to search for in this area would be helpful. Another thing that is interesting is the items they are wearing. As I mentioned, I figured out the Order of the Golden Fleece, but I have more to discover. On this thaler, he is wearing a cross which appears to be on a ribbon. I assume this is the symbol of another order, perhaps the Teutonic Knights since Maximillian was the contemporary Grand Master. I have also been curious about the distinction between Further Austria and Inner Austria. I need to read some more on that so it will be more clear. Thanks to everyone on this forum. I am looking forward to sharing with and learning from all of you.
  7. I collect Thaler coins from the 1600's and 1700's. I like to learn about the history of the areas where the coins are from, and the inscriptions and meanings contained on them. The Davenport and World Coin books have resources for deciphering the inscriptions, but the symbols on the coins can be a challenge. Does anyone know of resources to learn about the symbols contained on these coins? One interesting thing I learned about is the Order of the Golden Fleece. I have an Austrian Thaler where the ruler is wearing a giant chain around his neck. After researching a bit, I found the Order of the Golden Fleece and read about it. There are lots of things that I have yet to learn though - like coats of arms and symbols.