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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.


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.


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


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