Handheller: coin from City of Schwäbisch Hall (Germany)


Handheller, 13th century: City of Schwäbisch Hall

Handheller, 13th century: City of Schwäbisch Hall

Cross with dots at each end and the palm of the right hand from coat of arms of Schwäbisch Hall.

The Royal mint of Schwäbisch Hall (Germany).

Handheller coin due to its plot (the hand of God) is considered not just a lucky coin, but a blessed one.

  • Silver (0.545): 17 mm - 0.58 g
  • Reference price: 12$

COIN HANDHELLER — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. GERMANY (City of Schwäbisch Hall, Bishopric of Augsburg, Free imperial city of Frankfurt, City of Isny, City of Lindau, Margravate of Meissen, Nürnberg, Pfalz-Oberpfalz, City of Rottenburg, City of Rottweil, Lordship of Tiengen, County of Wertheim, County of Württemberg... — 13th-16th centuries): handheller

About the name of the coin handheller (Hand Heller): the term "handheller" is conditional, artificially created by modern numismatists. In fact it is nothing but a heller with the image of a hand.
To be precise, we are talking about "The Right Hand of God" (at least there is such a version of the interpretation of the coin's subject).
"The right hand of God" refers to the Bible — as a metaphor for the omnipotence of God and as a motif in art. In the Bible, to be at the right side is being on the special place of honor.
Religious subjects (crosses of various shapes, saints...) are perhaps the most popular on medieval European coins.