Germany, Landau. Siege coinage of French Troops, 1713 AD

Germany, Landau. Siege coinage of French Troops, 1713 AD

3,250.00

AR Klippe, 21.47g (46mm). One-sided ‘klippe’ for 2 gulden and 8 kreuzer.

References: Dav. 2377; Klein/Raff 220.4

Grade:  Toned with good strike  (wc1005)

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The year was 1713 and the Treaty of Utrecht was signed with the exception of the Holy Roman Empire (Germany) and the Habsburg dynasty. In order to force the hand of the Germans, the French, which were already militarily depleted, were able to assemble a large army consisting of 300 squadrons and 240 battalions. The army was led by Marshall Claude Villars, a successful French army commander. With the revived military might of the French under the leadership of Villars, The Holy Roman Empire acquiesced and signed the Peace Treaty of Rastatt the following year. 

Siege coinage was emergency currency, hastily made from old dishware or pieces of metal, and were pushed into the hands of soldiers to compel them to fight. This particular piece has official currency of 2 gulden and 8 kreuzer pressed into the metal.