Hamburg 1755-IHL 32 schilling

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Jean Elsen sale 112, lot 1527
Hamburg 1755 32 schilling rev JElsen 112-1527.jpg
This specimen was lot 1527 in Jean Elsen sale 112 (Brussels, March 2012) where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"ALLEMAGNE, HAMBOURG, Ville libre, AR 32 Schilling, 1755 IHL, Au titre de François Ier. Droit : Armes de la ville. Revers : Aigle impériale couronnée. Très Beau à Superbe (Germany, city of Hamburg, silver 32 schilling of 1755, in the name of Francis I. Obverse: city arms; reverse: crowned imperial eagle. Very fine to extremely fine.)"
This 32 schilling, listed for 1748-61, traded for two-thirds of a thaler; coins of this size were popolar throughout northern Germany. Altho it is about the size of a mid-nineteenth century vereinsthaler, it is considered too small to be a true thaler and so is excluded from the Davenport listings. Life is cruel.

Recorded mintage: 654,000.

Specification: 18.32 g, .750 fine silver, .441 troy oz ASW, this specimen 18,23 g.

Catalog reference: Gaed., 639; J., 22a; KM 402.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 112, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2012.

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