The Imperial City of Nuremberg (German: Reichsstadt Nürnberg) was a free imperial city — independent city-state — within the Holy Roman Empire. After Nuremberg gained piecemeal independence from the Burgraviate of Nuremberg in the High Middle Ages and considerable territory from Bavaria in the Landshut War of Succession, it grew to become one of the largest and most important Imperial cities, the 'unofficial capital' of the Empire, particularly because Imperial Diets (Reichstage) and courts met at Nuremberg Castle. The Diets of Nuremberg were an important part of the administrative structure of the Empire. The Golden Bull of 1356, issued by Emperor Charles IV (reigned 1346–78), named Nuremberg as the city where newly elected kings of Germany must hold their first Imperial Diet, making Nuremberg one of the three highest cities of the Empire.

The cultural flowering of Nuremberg, in the 15th and 16th centuries, made it the center of the German Renaissance. Increased trade routes elsewhere and the ravages of the major European wars of the 17th and 18th centuries caused the city to decline and incur sizeable debts, resulting in the city's absorption into the new Kingdom of Bavaria on the signing of the Confederation of the Rhine in 1806, becoming one of the many territorial casualties of the Napoleonic Wars in a period known as the German mediatisation.

The name of this coin is 'Stadtansichtskreuzer von Nürnberg' (city-view Kreuzer of Nuremberg).


3 baroque shields, value divided by N below. "1 (N) Kr" means 1 Nürnberg Kreuzer.

All three emblems are coat of arms of Nuremberg. The one at the top is the coat of arms of Nuremberg as 'Freie und Reichsstadt', that is 'Free city and city of the German Empire'. The meaning is that Nuremberg has no other ruler above it than the Emperor himself.

The right one is the city-emblem of Nuremberg. A half eagle, black on a golden field, in the left half, and six red and six silvern oblique stripes in the right field.

The left one shows a golden Harpy (a half-human and half-bird personification of storm winds) on a blue field. It has a female head and is crowned. This too is a city-emblem of Nuremberg.

1 (N) Kr


View of the City of Nuremberg under the Eye of Providence. Date below.

The Eye of Providence (or the all-seeing eye of God) is a symbol showing an eye often surrounded by rays of light or a glory and usually enclosed by a triangle. It represents the eye of God watching over humanity (or divine providence).



1 Kreuzer (4 Pfennig)

Free Imperial City
KM# 367
Material Silver
Weight 0.88 g
Diameter 15.3 mm
Thickness 1 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Nuremberg Mint

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