Jul. 3, 1744

“Decree Addressed to the Director General” issued by King Fredrick II of Prussia [Prussia / Present-day Germany, Poland, Lithuania]: “In reference to the Director Generals’ suggestion that all Jews who reside within the Royal territories are to pay the Royal Majesty, We would like to change the so-called ‘suggestion’ to a command. Henceforth, wealthy Jews are to pay six and everyone else four Mark of each 12 Taler each year. Plus, the purchasing of silver is to be reserved for the local [Christian] goldsmiths.”
Stern, Selma: Der Preussische Staat und die Juden, Dritter Teil, 2. Akten, 1. Halbband  (The Prussian State and the Jews) (1971) p. 145, Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 12/29/2015