Hannover 1730-S ducat Fr-607

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Künker sale 294, lot 3586
This specimen was lot 3586 in Künker sale 294 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €10,000 (about US$13,478 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRAUNSCHWEIG UND LÜNEBURG, BRAUNSCHWEIG-CALENBERG-HANNOVER, AB 1692 KURFÜRSTENTUM HANNOVER, Georg II. 1727-1760. Dukat 1730, Clausthal. Ausbeute der Harzer Gruben. Harzgold. GEORG · II · D · G M · BRIT · F · ET · H · REX · F · D · B · ET · L · DVX · S · R · I · A · T H · ET · E L · Gekröntes, vierfeldiges Wappen//NEC ASPERA TERRENT Roß springt l, im Abschnitt AUR . - HERC ., dazwischen die Münzmeistersignatur S und die Jahreszahl 1730 · GOLD. Sehr selten, besonders in dieser Erhaltung. Prachtexemplar. Vorzüglich-Stempelglanz. Exemplar der Preussag Collection, Part I. Auktion London Coin Galleries/Künker 1, London 2015, Nr. 298. (Germany, electorate of Hannover, George II, 1727-60, ducat of 1730, Clausthal mint, for the Harz mines. Obverse: crowned, quartered arms; reverse: stallion springs left, date and assayer's initials below.)"
This type was struck 1730, 1735-41, 1746, 1750, 1756 but remains rare, probably because the yield of the mines was low. A ducat with the bust of the elector also exists for 1730. The Duchy of Brunswick was divided and subdivided in the seventeenth century but was eventually reassembled as the Kingdom of Hannover before being absorbed into Prussia in 1866.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.50 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW, this specimen 3,44 g.

Catalog reference: KM 238, Fr-607; Müseler 10.6.2/12; Welter 2534.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 294: Goldprägungen | Deutsche Münzen ab 1871 | Russische Münzen und Medaillen, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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