Miniature Double Picture Frame Made w/ Two 1780 Maria Theresa thaler Silver Bullion Coins
This Miniature Double Picture Frame is made w/ two 1780 Maria Theresa thaler silver bullion coins! A skilled silversmith turned out opposite sides of two coins so that when hinged together they created a frame, for two pictures, that still showed both sides of the coin!
Named after Empress Maria Theresa, who ruled Austria, Hungary, and Bohemia from 1740 to 1780. The word thaler gave rise to daalder and daler, which became dollar in English.
Since 1780, the coin has always been dated 1780. On 19 September 1857, Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria declared the Maria Theresa Taler to be an official trade coinage. A little over a year later, on 31 October 1858, the Maria Theresa Taler lost its status as currency in Austria.
The inscription on the obverse of this coin is in Latin: “M. THERESIA D. G. R. IMP. HU. BO. REG.” The Reverse reads “ARCHID. AVST. DUX BURG. CO. TYR. 1780 X”. It is an abbreviation of “Maria Theresia, Dei Gratia Romanorum Imperatrix, Hungariae Bohemiaeque Regina, Archidux Austriae, Dux Burgundiae, Comes Tyrolis. 1780 X“, which means, “Maria Theresa, by the grace of God, Empress of the Romans, Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, Archduchess of Austria, Duchess of Burgundy, Countess of Tyrol. 1780”. Around the rim of the coin is the motto of her reign: “Justitia et Clementia”, meaning “Justice and Clemency”.
A great opportunity to acquire a unique piece. (approximately 1.5″ diameter)