||Box Taler, Augsburg, Germany, 1642. Ferdinand III. Ex. James Beach, Oswosso MI. Constructed from two 1642 Ferdinand III Talers (Davenport 5039, City New Reverse). These coins were carefully hollowed out so they could be joined to appear as one coin. The space within the two coins was used to conceal varied contents, such as images of historical scenes or events, notes to loved ones, or even spy messages. The piece is accompanied by 16 hand painted scenes, one mounted within each side of the coin, plus 14 additional loose rondels. These depict German life among the elite. The scene "Eine Kopulation" suggests coupling or union in marriage. On other hand painted rondels one can view a child being baptized, or attended to by a maid. The rondels mounted directly in the obverse and reverse of the taler depict a woman and man (the image here) preparing for marriage.