Nürnberger Rechenpfennig von Lazarus Gottlieb Lauffer auf die Belagerungen von Barcelona 1705 und 1706

Staatliche Münzsammlung München


Picture on obverse: Half-length portrait facing right, signature LGL under it.

Writing on obverse: CAROLVS III D·G· - HISP·ET INDIA REX·

Picture on reverse: View of the city of Barcelona and its port

Writing on reverse: BARCELLONA GALL·EREPTA· / 1705. Section: FORTITER CONTRA / EOSD·DEFENSA· / 1706·

The obverse shows a half-length portrait of Charles III (1703-1713) as designated anti king of Spain in armour and as a Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece. The monarch's armour already indirectly makes reference to the military conflicts during the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714). The reverse, which directly refers to two of the main battles during the war over the throne between Philip V of Anjou (1700-1746) and Charles III, the later Holy Roman Emperor (as Charles VI, 1711-1740) with the sieges of Barcelona is much more direct, as it shows how he besieged Barcelona by sea and by land from 13 September 1705. On 15 October 1705, the Habsburgs were able to enter the city victoriously, thus securing control of the whole of Catalonia as a power base on the Iberian Peninsula. In a countermove, Barcelona was besieged by French troops just one year later. However, the Catalan metropolis could be defended with the help of the English, who were allied with Habsburg. The Nuremberg jeton maker from the Lauffer family took notes in his stamp cutting from a medal by the Augsburg medallist Ph. H. Müller.