Sept. 11, 1340

Writ of Holy Roman Emperor, Louis IV [Present-day Germany]: “We, Louis (‘Ludewig’), Roman Emperor by the grace of God, announce publicly with this letter/writ, that the nobleman Gottfried von Eppstein (‘Gottfrid von Eppinstein’), our dear loyal [subject] has sold the 25 Mark of Cologne Pfennige [currency] which have been placed on [taxed from] the Jews in Frankfurt, who have been given by Us and Our empire as loan for 250 Mark Cologne Pennies and three (‘drittehalp* hundert Marche kolnscher Pennige, dry’) Heller to Rudolph von Sachsenhusen (‘Rudolffen von Sassenhuffen’), our dear Schultheissen** in Frankfurt […] and that the aforementioned Gotffrid von Eppinstein or his heirs can repurchase these for the same 25 Mark of good currency whenever they wish […]” [Researcher’s note: *Dritthalb [old: drittehalp] refers to 2.5 and is an old unit of measurement in which full units plus their half could be understood. **A Schultheiss/Schultheiß was the head of the municipality in medieval Germany.]
Senckenberg von, Heinrich Christian: Selecta Iuris et historiarum tum anecdote, tum jam edita, sed Rariora. Quorum Tomus I. Francofurti ad Moenum; MDCCXXXIV. (Selection of laws and of already but rarely issued stories and anecdotes. Volume I.); (Frankfurt a. M.; 1734); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 8/17/2020