1763, Wurzburg, Adam Friedrich von Seinsheim. Silver Thaler Coin. Cleaned XF-
Mint Year: 1763 Denomination: Thaler Reference: Davenport 2897, KM-387. R! Ruler (Prince-Bishop):Adam Friedrich von Seinsheim Condition: Improperly cleaned/brushed, minor deposits remaining in reverse, otherwise XF! Weight: 27.77gm Diameter: 41mm Material: Silver
Obverse: Robed bust of the Prince-Bishop right, wearing a large ornate cross. Legend: ADAM . FRID . D . G . EP . BAM . ET . WIRC . S . R . I . PR . I . R . OR . DUX Exergue: G. F. LOOS. F.
Reverse: Cross-topped ducal crown on arms of Wurzburg, supported by roaring lions with reverted heads. Crozier and sword in backtround, intial letter (W) in baroque frame below. Mint official´s initials (I.N.M.-F.H.P.) near edge. Legend: 10 . EINE FEINE - MARCK . 1763.
The Bishopric of Würzburg (German: Würzburg) was a prince-bishopric in the Holy Roman Empire, located in Lower Franconia, around the city of Würzburg, Germany. Würzburg was a diocese from 743. In the 18th century, its bishop was often also Bishop of Bamberg. The last few prince-bishops resided at the Würzburg Residence, which is one of the grandest baroque palaces in Europe. As a consequence of the 1801 Treaty of Lunéville, the Bishopric of Würzburg was secularized in 1803 and annexed by the Elector of Bavaria. In the same year Ferdinand III, former Grand Duke of Tuscany, was compensated with the Electorate of Salzburg. In the 1805 Peace of Pressburg, Ferdinand lost Salzburg to the Austrian Empire, but was compensated with the new Grand Duchy of Würzburg, Bavaria having relinquished the territory in return for the Tyrol. This new state lasted until 1814, when it was once again annexed by Bavaria. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Würzburg was reestablished in 1821 without temporal power.
Adam Friedrich von Seinsheim (1708–1779) was the Prince-Bishop of Würzburg from 1755 to 1779 and Prince-Bishop of Bamberg from 1757 to 1779.
Adam Friedrich von Seinsheim was born in Regensburg on February 16, 1708, the son of Maximilian Franz Graf von Seinsheim (1681-1739) and his wife Anna Philippina Gräfin von Schönborn (1685-1721). His mother was the sister of Franz Georg von Schönborn, Archbishop-Elector of Trier; Friedrich Karl von Schönborn, Prince-Bishop of Bamberg and Würzburg; and Damian Hugo Philipp von Schönborn, Prince-Bishop of Speyer.
He became a canon of Bamberg Cathedral and Würzburg Cathedral in 1718. He studied Christian theology at the University of Salzburg (master's degree 1724) and at the Collegium Germanicum 1725-27; and law at the University of Würzburg and Leiden University. In 1747, he became provost of the Church of St. Gangolf in Bamberg. He was ordained as a priest on September 29, 1753.
The cathedral chapter of Würzburg Cathedral unanimously elected him Prince-Bishop of Würzburg on January 7, 1755, with Pope Benedict XIV confirming his appointment on March 17, 1755. He was consecrated as a bishop by Cardinal Franz Christoph von Hutten zu Stolzenfels, Prince-Bishop of Speyer, on June 15, 1755. At the insistence of Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor, he was elected Prince-Bishop of Bamberg on April 21, 1757, thus creating a personal union between the Prince-Bishopric of Würzburg and the Prince-Bishopric of Bamberg. The pope confirmed this appointment on May 23, 1757.
Adam Friedrich von Seinsheim supported the imperial side during the Seven Years' War. Troops from the Kingdom of Prussia invaded both bishoprics during the course of this war.
He died of pneumonia in Würzburg on February 18, 1779 and is buried there.