Nov. 2, 1556

“Order” of King Ferdinand I [Kingdom of Bohemia/Habsburg Monarchy; Present-day Austria, Czech Republic, etc.; ]: “King Ferdinand […] prohibits Jews to melt down and try* (‘probieren’) […] all gold, [and] silver, which have been mined/forged (‘gewonnen’) in the lands of the Kingdom of Bohemia, […which] shall be sold [only] to the royal mints in Prague, Kutná Hora/Kutna Hora(‘Kuttenberg’), and Jáchymov/Jachymov (‘St. Joachimsthal’).” [Researcher’s note: This is a translation of a German summary of the original Czech text both of which can be found in the cited source. *Probieren normally refers to “trying” something; here, however, it appears to be referring to the act of modifying or diluting precious metals. The original document was drafted and signed in Vienna.]
Zur Geschichte der Juden in Böhmen, Mähren und Schlesien von 906 bis 1620. Herausgegeben von Gottlieb Bondy, em. Präsidenten der Handels- und Gewerbekammer in Prag. Zur Herausgabe vorbereitet und ergänzt von Franz Dworsky, em. Director des Landesarchivs des Königreiches Böhmens. I. 906 bis 1576. (Prag; 1906); (Regarding the history of Jews in Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia from 906 to 1620. Published by Gottlieb Bondy, fo[rmer] President of the Trade and Commerce and Industry in Prague. Prepared for publication and supplemented by Franz Dworsky, fo[rmer] Director of the National Archives of the Kingdom of Bohemia. I. 906 to 1576.); (Prague; 1906); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 6/26/2019