Brunswick-Luneburg-Celle 1664-LW 4 thaler Dav-LS187
This specimen was lot 20490 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $8,225. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Brunswick-Luneburg-Celle. 4 Taler, 1664-LW. Christian Ludwig (1648-65). NGC AU-58. Horse jumps left, crowned with laurel wreath by heavenly arm, cross-section of mine both above and underground; Reverse: 'SINCERE ET CONSTANTER ANNO 1664' Crowned 'CL' monogram within wreath, surrounded by fourteen crowned heraldic shields on a larger wreath, "4" (mark of value) stamp before date. Prior to his rule of the entire duchy of Brunswick-Luneburg in 1648, Christian ruled the principality of Calenberg which he inherited from his father, Duke George of Brunswick-Luneburg, upon his sudden death in 1641. Then in 1648 inheriting the Principality of Luneburg from his uncle, Duke Frederick IV of Brunswick-Luneburg. Wanting the rule the larger territory of Luneburg, Christian gave Calenberg to his younger brother George William and resided in Celle castle until his death in 1665. A terrific example of this hefty silver piece with dark attractive toning which deepens toward the edges." This issue was accompanied by a 1½ thaler (Dav-LS190) and a double thaler (Dav-LS189).
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: silver, 62 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Dav-LS187; KM-223.5.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.