Brunswick-Grubenhagen 1595 thaler Dav-9034

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Kunker sale 263, lot 745
This specimen was lot 745 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €900 (about US$1,163 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRAUNSCHWEIG-GRUBENHAGEN, FÜRSTENTUM Philipp II. 1595-1596. Reichstaler (24 Groschen) 1595, Andreasberg. Ausbeute der Grube St. Andreas. RR Kl. Henkelspur, sehr schön. (Germany, principality of Brunswick Grupenhagen, Philip II, 1595-96, thaler of 1595, Andreasberg mint, for the mines of Grube St. Andreas. Rare, small mount mark, very fine.)"
Brunswick-Grubenhagen was a splinter of the Welf domains in north east Germany, first erected in 1291. It was partitioned and reunited several times. During its final incarnation, it was ruled by brothers Wolfgang and Philip II. On Philip's death, the title lapsed and the territory eventually passed to Brunswick-Calenberg. This mining thaler of 1595-96, issued during Philip's brief period of sole rule, is scarce.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-9034; Welter 687; Müseler 10.1/6 b.


  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1484-1600, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1977.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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