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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 Brunsw
  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
  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