Bremen and Verden 1673-AH thaler Dav-6282

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Künker sale 293, lot 729
This specimen was lot 729 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €850 (about US$1,146 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BREMEN, BREMEN UND VERDEN, HERZOGTUM UNTER SCHWEDEN, Karl XI. 1660-1697. Reichstaler 1673, Stade. R Kl. Schrötlingsfehler, sehr schön. Die Selbständigkeit des Erzbistums Bremen endete im 30jährigen Krieg 1621/1622 durch dänische Administration und 1632 durch schwedische Besetzung. Der schwedische Besitz Bremens sowie des Bistums Verden wurde im Westfälischen Frieden von 1648 anerkannt, gleichzeitig wurden die beiden Kirchengebiete in das Herzogtum Bremen und Verden umgewandelt. Erst im Nordischen Krieg (1700-1712) eroberten dänische Truppen die nördlichen Landesteile, während Hannover 1712 Verden besetzte, 1715 das Herzogtum kaufte und 4 Jahre später die schwedischen Rechte mit 1 Million Taler abfand. (Germany, duchy of Bremen and Verden, under Swedish rule, Charles XI, 1660-97, thaler of 1673, Stade mint. Scarce, minor planchet defects, very fine. The independence of the Archbishopric of Bremen ended in the Thirty Years' War in 1621-1622 by the Danish administration, and in 1632 by Swedish occupation. The Swedish possession of Bremen as well as the bishopric of Verden was recognized in the Peace of Westphalia from 1648, when the two church provinces were converted into the duchy of Bremen and Verden. It was only in the Northern War (1700-1712) that Danish troops conquered the northern parts of the duchy, while Hannover occupied Verden in 1712, bought the Duchy in 1715, and four years later, the Swedes' rights for 1 million thalers.)"
Most Bremen issues were emitted by the free city of Bremen, still today a major port on the North Sea coast of Germany. However, the hinterland formed the archbishopric of Bremen which persisted after the region converted to Lutheranism in the mid-1500's. Finally, as a consequence of the Thirty Years War, the state was secularized and handed over to the king of Sweden and ruled by him until 1719. This type was issued 1673-74 by the king of Sweden.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Bahrfeldt 34, Ahlström 11 (R); Dav-6282, KM 83.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Davenport, John S., German Secular Talers, 1600-1700, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1976.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 293: Münzen aus Mittelalter und Neuzeit u. a. die westfälischen Privatsammlungen Werner Bröker und Bernd Terletzki, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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