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Imperial city of Isny
Isny in the Allgäu became an imperial city in 1365. The mint right, conceded in 1507, was sustained until 1702. In 1806 Isny and its 2000 inhabitants fell to Württemberg.   Isny´s arms refer to its name, "Isen" meaning iron or horseshoe. Emperor Frederic III. enlarged the arms "with a crowned eagle presenting its tongue ..."
Isny minted thalers in 1538, 1540 and 1554. Thalers of 1538 and 1540 carry the effigy of the emperor.



Thaler 1538, Isny.     Ø 42 mm, 28,54 g.   Nau 252; Dav.9319.
Obv.:   (mm.) SVB VMBRA ALARVm:TVARVm:ABSTrude:ME
"In the shadow of Thy wings I take refuge"
inner legend :
  MOneta:CIVITATIS· - ·ISNENSIS:I538
field :   city arms (crowned eagle with a horseshoe on the breast)
Rev.:   +REDDITE QVAE SVNt:CAEsaris:CAEsari:Et:Quae:DEi:DEo
"Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's"
inner legend :
  KAROLVS·V· - ROmanorum:IMperator· - AVgustus
field :   crowned emperor in armor with sceptre, sword grip and order of the Golden Fleece



Thaler 1538, Isny.     Ø 42 mm, 28,6 g.   Nau 256; Dav.9319.
Obv.:   (mm.) SVB·VMBRA·ALARV:TVARV:ABSC:ME  |  MO:CIVITATIS· - ·ISNENSIS:I538·
Rev.:   +REDDITE·QVAE·SVN:CAE:CAE:E:Q:DE:DE  |  KAROLVS·V· - RO:IM· - AV·


Double thaler 1540, Isny.     Ø 41 mm, 56,5 g.   Nau 257; Dav.9320.
Obv.:   (mm.) SVB·VMBRA·ALARV:TVARV:ABSC:ME  |  MONETA·CIVITAT - IS·ISNENSIS·I540
Rev.:   +REDDITE·QVAE·SVN:CAE:CAE:E:Q:DE:DE  |  KAROLVS·V· - RO:IM· - A - V


Ref. :
• Elisabeth Nau,   Die Münzen und Medaillen der oberschwäbischen Städte,   Freiburg 1964.
• Otto Lanz,   Münz- und Geldgeschichte von Isny in: Württ. Vierteljahresheften für Landesgeschichte
  NF 35 (1929) 99-203 & 4 tab.

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