Hannover 1839-A thaler Dav-668
This specimen was lot 3666 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $270.25. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Hannover. Taler, 1839-A. NGC AU-58. Commemorating King Ernst August's visit to Clausthal mint in September of 1839. Dark toned. From the Rockaway Collection." The Duchy of Brunswick was divided and subdivided in the seventeenth century but was eventually reassembled as the Kingdom of Hannover before being absorbed into Prussia in 1866. Ernst August was one of the younger brothers of William IV of England. As Queen Victoria was not eligible to be queen of Hannover, her uncle was sent over to rule. As he was thoroughly disliked in England, few wept when he departed. This one year type is neither rare or common.
Recorded mintage: unknown but not rare.
Specification: 16.82 g, .993 fine silver, .537 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM-184, Dav-668.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.