Benefactor robinjojo Posted August 31, 2022 · Benefactor Benefactor Share Posted August 31, 2022 Here's a taler, dated 1589, of Julius, Prince of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. The obverse has the horse of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel to the left and a very hairy wildman to the right. The reverse has the arms of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. This type was struck from 1586 to 1589. What makes this coin special, to me, is the symbolism on the obverse. The wildman is holding a candle. Below that is a skull and below that an hourglass. All three of these symbolize mortality: the lit candle whose flame will eventually die, the skull for the mortality of all humans and the hourglass for the passage of time. Indeed 1589 was the year Julius died, on May 3rd. Brunswick-Wolfenbuttle, thaler, Goslar, Brillentaler. Davenport 9067 29 grams What other symbolism is out there, ancient or modern? 15 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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