Germany, Brandenburg-Franconia, Georg of Ansbach and Albrecht the Younger of Bayreuth. 1542

Germany, Brandenburg-Franconia, Georg of Ansbach and Albrecht the Younger of Bayreuth. 1542

1,250.00

AR Taler, 28.98g (40mm, 2h). D G GEORG & ALBERT MARCHION BRAND & S, bust of Georg and Albert facing each other 1542 above / SI DEs PRONOBIS QVIS CONTRA NOS, floriated cross and four arms in angles and one at juncture.

References: Davenport 8967

Grade: Attractive toning with some small surface irregularities in field on obverse. VF  (wc1020)

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“If God is with us who is against us” is the latin phrase on the reverse. At the time this taler was produced Germany was in the depths of religious conflict. Protestants were fighting for religious freedom from their Holy Roman overseers. Charles V, emperor at the time, invited Martin Luther, the Protestant reformer, to the Diet of Worms in 1521 to state his case. He dismissed his case for religious reform and eventually outlawed Luther and his followers. Later in Germany the Schmalkaldic League was formed by some of the princes of Germany to defend Protestantism. The Schmalkaldic War took place in 1546-7 and while Charles V eventually succeeded in “winning” the battle, the push for religious freedom moved forward with some of those princes departing for England and pushing for English Reformation.

Franconia was located in northern Bavaria. The Ansbach family rule began with Friedrich VI of Hohenzollern, burgrave of Nuremberg, who because elector Friedrich I of Brandenburg (1415-1440). The Ansbach family died out in 1603.