Republic of Zurich, Taler 1715

In the 18th century the Zurich mint was particularly active. Besides golden ducats and their fractions and doubles, silver talers were struck. This one shows a boldly drawn lion holding the arms of Zurich. The legend on the reverse runs IUSTITIA ET CONCORDIA, 'justice and concord'. The taler is rare and in excellent condition.

An improvement on talers at that time was the text around the edge. Until then the edges of coins had often been filed down to produce gold or silver dust. This was rendered impossible by the text struck in relief round the edge of the coin. Regarding this edge text, Zurich was not very inventive either. The talers simply bore the old city motto DOMINE CONSERVA NOS IN PACE, 'Lord, preserve us in peace'.