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Charles VII Albert (1742-1745), Holy Roman Emperor. Regensburg City View Taler

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This Taler is probably one of the nicer ones I have seen and will ever own.


Now the Taler itself. Germany. City of Regensburg. AR Thaler ND (ND (1742). 44mm. Truly scarce piece, 800 minted.

Obv. Laureate and armored bust of Charles VII to right.

Rev: View of the city seen from the north.

PCGS graded and certified as AU-53, Nice old collection patina with much original luster, a beautiful coin.

DAV-2614. Beckenberg 6173





Charles VII Albert (6 August 1697 – 20 January 1745) a member of the Wittelsbach family, was Prince-elector of Bavaria from 1726 and Holy Roman Emperor from 24 January 1742 until his death in 1745. Charles was notably the only person not of the House of Habsburg to become emperor since the 15th century. In 1726 when his father died Charles Albert became Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire and Duke of Bavaria. He managed to maintain good relations with his Habsburg relatives but also with France. One of the shorter lives Habsburg Emperors.




During the War of the Austrian Succession Charles Albert invaded Upper Austria in 1741 and planned to conquer Vienna but his allied French troops were redirected to Bohemia instead. So Charles Albert was crowned King of Bohemia in Prague (9 December 1741) when the Habsburgs were still not defeated. He was elected 'King of the Romans' on 24 January 1742, and took the title 'Holy Roman Emperor' upon his coronation on 12 February 1742. His brother Klemens August of Bavaria, archbishop and elector (Kurfürst) of Cologne, who mostly sided with the Austria Habsburg-Lorraine side during the Habsburg successions, cast his vote for him and personally crowned him emperor at Frankfurt. Charles VII was the second Wittelsbach Emperor after Louis IV and the first Wittelsbach King of the Romans since the rule of Rupert of Germany.






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