Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel 1701-HCH 24 mariengroschen

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 22563
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 22563 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $253. The catalog description[1] noted, "Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel. Rudolph August & Anton Ulrich 2/3 Taler 1701, VF-XF. Popular leaping stallion motif." The running stallion was a badge of Brunswick, referring to the pre-Christian Saxons who sacrificed and ate horses. Rudolf August and Anton Ulrich shared the ducal title until Rudolf's death 1704, whereupon Anton ruled alone until his death in 1714. This type was struck 1694-1705.

The Brunswick coinages are among the most complicated series of German states issues outside of Saxony. The SCWC lists coins for Brunswick-Blankenburg, Brunswick-Lüneberg-Calenberg-Hannover, Brunswick-Lüneberg-Celle and Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel. Hannover was the most important and eventually absorbed the others before itself being annexed by Prussia in 1866.

Recorded mintage: unknown but fairly common.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: KM 615.


  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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