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Taler

 

(also thaler), a silver coin first minted in 1518, in Joachimsthal, Bohemia (present-day Jáchymov, Czechoslovakia), whence, therefore, its name—Joachimst(h)aler or simply taler. Beginning in 1555 the taler was adopted as a monetary unit throughout the Holy Roman Empire; it was later used also in Poland, Sweden, France, and Turkey. Originally, the taler contained 28–29 g—sometimes more than 30 g—of pure silver. In 1857, however, its silver content was fixed at 16.67 g in northern Germany and Austria. After the monetary reform of 1871–73 in Germany, the minting of taler coins, now equal to three gold marks each, was discontinued. When it was resumed, in 1908, the taler was given a face value of three marks.

The name “taler” was variously adopted in several countries to designate coins of large denominations containing approximately one ounce (27–30 g) of silver—for example, tallero in Italy, daalder in the Netherlands, datero in Spain, and dollar in English-speaking as well as other countries. In the mid-17th century, the Moscow treasury minted silver coins from the imported Joachimsthalers (seeEFIMOK).

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Kellner's salary of 500 talers was almost as high as that of the Weissenfels Kapellmeister (and more than that of Johann Sebastian Bach at Cothen); that figure does not include her numerous bonuses and emoluments, such as personal use of the ducal coach.
For repayment to ensue, we assume that each individual is supposed to repay 210 talers, and hence the group is liable to repay a total amount of 21 On talers (for example, if we assume a loan of 175 talers per individual and an interest rate of 20%).
The top category, "Great Citizenship with right to trade," could be bought for 5000 Talers.
Over the years the Mint has produced and exported millions of Talers to the Middle East.
In the second phase of the experiment, sellers or buyers had to pay the tax of 28 Talers per unit.
After the mighty ogre and his buddy Donkey (Eddie Murphy) defeat Lord Farquaad's favorites in a tournament (using a tag team wrestling style that kids will love), Farquaad agrees to move the fairy talers off Shrek's land if the latter will be his knight and bring Princess Fiona down from her distant tower to become his queen.
Another receipt, dated 25 October 1754, is for 1,000 talers for three flutes and seven concertos.
In 1814 he sold this library, along with his enormous mineral collection, to the Mining Academy for the princely sum of 40,000 Talers.
Breaking the vow was punishable by fines of up to 300 talers, though it seems rather unlikely that such tremendous sums were ever collected.
The Hansa saw the use of Brandenburg talers, Lubeck and Prussian marks, Rhenish guilders, Flemish pounds, and other currencies.
OVER 600 YEARS ago the first bankers in the world--the Peruzzis, Strozzis, and Bardis of Florence, Italy, and the Fuggers of Innsbruck, Austria--were already transferring millions of gold florins and silver talers throughout Europe as loans or payments on behalf of their crowned customers.