Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel 1655-HS 2 thaler Dav-LS70

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 29720
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 29720 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $1,527.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel. August II 2 Taler 1655-HS XF40 NGC, Goslar mint. Without '2' value punched in. By Mintmaster Henning Schlüte. Highly-intriguing, this massive specimen features the Duke on horseback wearing full armor and a plumed hat. The surfaces are uniformly toned in graphite color and the devices contain moderate wear which is all but expected on a piece of this size and age. An engaging type in all regards, scarce as such." A similar type (Dav-LS72) was struck in 1660 with the "2" punched in to mark the denomination. Both are rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 58 g, silver.

Catalog reference: KM 451.1, Dav-LS70a.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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