Brunswick-Luneburg-Celle 1650 4 thalers Dav-LS149

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photo courtesy Stack's
Brunswick 1650 4 thalers rev Stacks 110-663.jpg
This specimen was lot 663 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $6,900. The catalog description[1] noted,
"GERMAN STATES. BRUNSWICK-LÜNEBURG-CELLE. Christian Ludwig, 1648-1665. 4 Taler, 1650 LW. Crowned 'CL' in circle of 14 shields, SINCERE ET CONSTANTER, '4' punch in small cartouche at 6:00. Rv. Arm from cloud crowns White Horse, pastoral scene of haying and sheep herding below. A trifle softly struck, horse shows three separate impressions of the dies. Diffused gray toning. Overall Very Fine."
This enormous coin (about 80 mm diameter) is too large to be pictured in the SCWC and is very rare. 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.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 115 g, silver, about 3.7 troy oz.

Catalog reference: Dav-LS 149, KM 223.1.


  • [1]Kraljevich, John, and Frank Van Valen, The Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico Collections, New York: Stack's, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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