Characteristics

Medalist unknown
Strasbourg, 1617
Silver, embossed
37 x 37 mm, weight 13,661 g

Inscriptions:
OBV: crest in dual font circle; +LVX*POST*TENEBRAS*MXVII: / +OMNIS*TERRA*ADORET*DEVM*ET*PSALLAT*EI

REV: ten line legend with small tendril/ cirrus; PRO / RELIGIONIS. / CENTVM.ANTE. / ANNOS.DIVINITVS / RESTITUTAE.MEMO / RIA.NOVIQUVE.SECV / LI.FELICI.AVSPICIO / S.P.Q.ARGENTOR. / F.F. Ao MDCXVII. / CAL.NOVEMB.

Historisches Museum Basel, Switzerland, Inv. 2007.352.

“Halbtalerklippe” (untrimmed coin) of the City of Strasbourg for the Centenary of the Reformation

Medals commemorating the Reformation were common practice since the first secular celebrations of Luther’s theses. The Humanist city of Strasbourg was amongst the cities that turned early on to the Reformation. The council implemented the new doctrine between 1523 and 1529. Nevertheless the first series of Reformation medals refer to the theses in Wittenberg of 1517 and highlights the famous protestant motto POST TENEBRAS LUX, which is based on the Book of Job (Job 17: 12). This coin, with the weight of half a Taler, was made by impressing the round medal stamps onto a square metal planchet.

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