• 6 Grote 1672, KM# 148, Bremen
  • 6 Grote 1672, KM# 148, Bremen
Description

In the Holy Roman Empire, the collective term free imperial city was used from the fifteenth century to denote a self-ruling city that had a certain amount of autonomy and was represented in the Imperial Diet.

Bremen appealed for an imperial confirmation of its status of imperial immediacy from 1186 (Gelnhausen Privilege). In 1646 Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor, granted the requested confirmation (Diploma of Linz) to the Free Imperial City.

Obverse

Crowned city arms dividing the date. Value (6 Grot) below, state name above. Mint official's initials (HL, Herman Luders) on the bottom.

The coat of arms of Bremen shows a silver key on a red shield. The key is the attribute of Simon Petrus, patron saint of the Bremen Cathedral, and it was first represented in the seal of the City of Bremen in 1366, after its liberation from the occupation by Prince-Archbishop Albert II.

BREMER STATGELT
16 72
VI GROT
HL

Reverse

Crowned imperial eagle, the orb on the chest containing the denomination (1/12 Thaler), surrounded bu the inscription in the name of Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor.

Leopold I (1640–1705) was Holy Roman Emperor from 18 July 1658 until 5 May 1705.

LEOP[OLDVS] D[EI] G[RATIA] ROM[ANORVM] IMP[ERATOR] S[EMPER] A[VGVSTVS] means "Leopold, by the Grace of God, Emperor of the Romans, always August".

LEOP:D:G:ROM:IMP:SEMP:AUG:
1·2

Edge

6 Grote (1/12 Thaler)

Free imperial city
KM# 148 Jungk# 698
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Characteristics
Material Silver
Weight 3.7 g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Coin

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