Coinage Mandate of the Emperor Maximilian II, Ban on Foreign Coins

Vienna, 6 February 1573

In early modern Europe there was a hotchpotch of coinages: various currencies of diverse age and provenance circulated side by side. The authorities attempted to regulate the often-chaotic money circulation. For that purpose they issued coinage decrees, which were proclaimed on public squares. Sometimes they also had to devalue or even ban certain coins, because their weight or their precious metal content did not meet the regulations.

This poster banning foreign coins is from Austria. Among the twelve coins that failed to meet the requirements there are seven items from Chur of the League of the House of God.