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      The Kronenthaler was minted in the German state of Bavaria between the years 1809 and 1825 and used primarily as a trade dollar. The example shown here is dated 1815.
     The kronenthaler, translated as "Crown Thaler", was a silver coin containing approximately one-ninth the amount of silver contained in the standard Cologne Mark. It was initially, in 1755, issued by the Austrian Netherlands, but over the years, after the Netherlands were overtaken by France, it was issued by Baden, Bavaria, Hesse-Darmstadt and Wurttemberg. The example shown here was issued in Bavaria, whose ruler was Maximilianus Josephus IV (i.e. Maximilian I) from 1806 to 1825.
      The obverse of this large coin features the bust of King Maximilian Joseph along with the legend: MAXIMILIANUS JOSEPHUS BAVARIAE REX, translated as "Maximilian Joseph, King of Bavaria". The reverse consists of a sceptor and sword crossed, surmounted by a crown. It also includes the legend: PRO DEO ET POPULO, meaning "For God And The People". Inscribed on the edge of the coin is the legend: BAIERISCHER KRON THALER, meaning "Bavarian Crown Thaler".