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BAT439 - Taler (1621)


Silver Taler

Coin Heritage

Mint Mark Hand Holding Flag

Province Mint Hamburg - City

Soverign Issuer Holy Roman Empire

Coin TypeTaler

Country of OriginGermany

Date 1621

Coin Details

Weight 15.16g

Composition Silver

Condition VF Corroded

Date Found 1970

Museum Reference

Registration Number 439

ANCODS Commonwealth Govt. Allocation

Catalogue Dav. 5364

Map of shipwreck


Under commandeur Francisco Pelsaert, and Ariaen Jacobsz skipper, newly built Batavia sailed from Texel 27 October 1628 for the Dutch East Indies with bullion, goods and silver. On 4 June 1629 the ship struck a reef near Beacon Island in the Houtman Abrolhos. Of the 322 aboard 40 drowned and the rest got ashore. In search of water and food Jacobsz, Pelsaert and others left site in a 30-foot (9....