Kreuzer (Denomination, Concept)

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Kreuzer (en), Kreuzer (de), Kreuzer (fr), Kreuzer (it), kreuzer (es), Κρόιτσερ (el)Additional labels
Alternate Label
Kreutzer (en)


The Kreuzer goes back to a groschen coin which was minted in Merano in South Tyrol (so-called Etschkreuzer) from 1271. Because of the double cross on the obverse of the coin, it soon received the name Kreuzer. It spread throughout the south of the German-speaking area in the 15th and 16th centuries and was, according to the Reichsmünzgesetz 1551 a unit for small silver money. Later on, Kreuzer were also made of copper or bronze.

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