Arch-Treasurer

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Arms of the office of Arch-Treasurer of the Empire, showing the imperial crown

An Arch-Treasurer (German: Erzschatzmeister, Latin: Archithesaurarius) is a chief treasurer, specifically the great treasurer of the Holy Roman Empire.

History[edit]

The office was created in 1648 for Frederick V, Elector Palatine, after he lost his electorate, and title of Imperial Arch-Steward, in February 1623 to Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria. The electorate was given to Bavaria by the emperor Ferdinand II. The office of Arch-Treasurer passed to the Elector of Hanover in 1777.

Significance[edit]

The title of Arch-Treasurer was only ceremonially significant, as it was only used in the coronation of Emperors.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whaley, Joachim (2011). Germany and the Holy Roman Empire. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 75. ISBN 9780199693078.