Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel 1746-IBH pfenning

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Künker sale 294, lot 3574
This specimen was lot 3574 in Künker sale 294 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €1,200 (about US$1,617 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRAUNSCHWEIG UND LÜNEBURG, BRAUNSCHWEIG-WOLFENBÜTTEL, FÜRSTENTUM, Karl I. 1735-1780. Goldabschlag zu einem Dukaten von den Stempeln des Ku.-Pfennigs 1746, Zellerfeld. GOLD. Justiert, vorzüglich-Stempelglanz. (Germany, duchy of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel, Charles I, 1735-80. Gold strike of one ducat weight using copper penny dies, 1746, Zellerfeld mint. Adjustment marks, extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
The regular issue (KM 901.2) was struck in copper 1739-62 and is not expensive. This off metal strike is enigmatic but similar occasions are note for other German and Dutch states.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3.48 g.

Catalog reference: Welter 2711, KM-901.2 (in copper).

Source:

  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 294: Goldprägungen | Deutsche Münzen ab 1871 | Russische Münzen und Medaillen, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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