Archbishopric of Riga

Thomas Schoning, 1528-1539

Schoning, family shield

The silver content in schillings was reduced from 281 to 187.5 fineness in 1525. Therefore the relation between denominations was changed: before 1525 ferding = 9 schillings, after 1525 ferding = 12 schillings. For the first time the Archbishopric of Riga introduced new denomination, mark. It was struck just in very limited amount. Still the basic denominations were pfennigs and schillings. Archbishop Thomas Schoning was the first, who began the dating of coins. Besides that, his coinage can be recognized by his family shield.
Thomas Schoning moved his residency to Koknese in 1528, because of the conflict with Riga City and the Order of Livonia.
Mint: Koknese (Kokenhausen).
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PFENNIG

Pfennig, 1537
Data: Ag, 0.41 g, 12.0 mm
Description: Obv: Family shield of Thomas Schoning within shield. Dotted circle around.
Rev: Date 3 7, divided by crossed cross and sceptre. Dotted circle around.
Coinage: ND(1535-1539), 1537
References: Hal/97.427, 428; Fed.355, 364

SCHILLING

Type I

Schilling, 1535
Data: Ag 187.5, 0.80-0.94 g, 18.0 mm
Description: Obv: Family shield of Thomas Schoning within shield.
Legend around: MO.ARCH.P.RIGEN 1535
Rev: Crossed cross and sceptre.
Legend around: +MO*ECLESIE*RIGENSIS
Coinage: ND(1535-1539), 1535-1539
References: Hal/97.419-423, 426; Fed.348-351, 353, 354, 356, 357, 363

Type II

Schilling, 1539
Data: Ag 187.5, 0.80-0.94 g, 18.0 mm
Description: Obv: Family shield of Thomas Schoning within shield (different shape).
Legend around: +MO.ARCHE.PS.RIGENS
Rev: Date 4 0 divided by crossed cross and sceptre.
Legend around: +MO.ECLESIE.RIGENSI
Coinage: 1540
References: Hal/97.424, 425; Fed.358-362

MARK

Mark, 1537
Data: Ag 930, 8.31 g, 32.0 mm
Description: Obv: Vertical sceptre dividing big shield, consisting of 4 fields with family shield of Thomas Schoning, Archbishopric, Riga domcapital and Riga city. Date .3 7. above the shield.
Legend around: .MO.NO.DO.THO.SA RI.ECLE.ARG.EPIS
Rev: Standing crowned St.Maria on the crescent. Children on left hand, cross in right hand. Rays in background.
Legend around: *ORA.PRO.FAM .SAN.MA.TVIS
Coinage: 1537
References: Hal/97.418; Fed.352

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