Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel 1653-HS thaler Dav-6340

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Jean Elsen sale 114, lot 960
Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel 1653 thaler rev JElsen 114-960.jpg
This specimen was lot 960 in Jean Elsen sale 114 (Brussels, September 2012) where it sold for €120 (about US$185 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"ALLEMAGNE, BRUNSWICK-WOLFENBÜTTEL, August (1635-1666), AR Taler, 1653 HS, Zellerfeld. Droit: Ecu surmonté de cinq heaumes. Revers: Homme sauvage debout à droite, tenant un arbre élagué. Très Beau. (Germany, Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel, August (1635-66), silver thaler of 1653, Zellerfeld mint. Obverse: five-helmeted arms; reverse: wild man faces right, brandishing an uprooted tree. Very fine.)"
This specimen seems to be a product of the Zellerfeld mint which was operated by mintmaster Henning Schluter. This type was issued 1650-53 and is common. The "wild man" design was popular in Brunswick and Hannover at the time and appeared on many different thalers.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 27,95 g.

Catalog reference: Welter, 819 var; Dav-6340, KM 393.3.


  • 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.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 114, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2012.

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