Old Coptic Cross – Maria Theresa Thaler, Northen Ethiopia
Mid 20th century. Silver. Cm. 4,9 x cm. 3,9 (1.93 x 1.54 Inches); grams 32,5 (1.15 oz.). This cross is decorated on both sides.
The Maria Theresa Thaler is probably one of the most famous and well known coins of the world.
Originally struck in Austria from 1740 to 1780, the Thaler was the currency of the Austrian Empire. It was very important for trade with the Levant (parts of Turkey, Lebanon, Syria). Over time, the Maria Theresa Thaler became the best known and most popular silver coin in the Arabian world and the unofficial currency in some areas of Africa and Asia. The 1780 taler was the only silver coin that the Arabs trusted and would accept.
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