Holy Roman Empire, County of Montfort, Hugh and John VII, Taler 1621

The counts of Montfort used the privilege to mint coins since the 14th century. They issued talers of extraordinary quality even during the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648), as this specimen demonstrates. The county of Montfort was located in the area of modern Vorarlberg; the town of Bludenz and some territories at the Lake of Constance belonged to the county as well. The emblem of Montfort on the obverse of this coin shows a church banner with three rings, which can be found on Vorarlberg's coat of arms until this day. And the mitra, the bishop's hut atop the crest, symbolized that Montfort was a hereditary bailiwick of the bishopric of Chur.