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Auction: 23006 - The Official COINEX Auction at Spink
Lot: 654

The Wilhelm Hüffer (1821-1895) Collection | German States, Münster, Jan van Leiden (1509-1539), Cast AR Medal, unsigned, dated MDXXXVI (1536), IOHAN VAN LEIDEN EIN KONING DER WEDERDOPER ZO MONSTER, draped three-quarters bust left, WARHAFTICH CONTER in two lines in exergue, rev. GOTTES MACHT IST MYN CRACHT ANNO MDXXXVI, crowned orb, plain edge, 41mm, 19.55g (Geisberg 21; Schnell 44), a rough cast, tooled both sides, yet very fine


The Wilhelm Hüffer (1821-1895) Collection of European Coins and Medals

with his envelope

Jan van Leiden (1509-1536), was an influential leader and self-professed prophet of the Protestant movement of Anabaptism. Upon moving to Münster in 1534 he set out to convert the city. However, the movement was quashed by the Prince-Bishop of the region, in what came to be called the Münster Rebellion. The city was seized by official forces, Leiden was subsequently captured and sentenced to death in 1536.

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