Hannover 1776-LCR ducat Fr-618

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Künker sale 294, lot 3592
This specimen was lot 3592 in Künker sale 294 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €1,250 (about US$1,685 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRAUNSCHWEIG UND LÜNEBURG, BRAUNSCHWEIG-CALENBERG-HANNOVER, Georg III. 1760-1820. Dukat 1776, Zellerfeld. Ausbeute der Harzer Gruben. GOLD. Leicht gewellt, sehr schön. (Germany, electorate of Hannover, George III, 1760-1820, ducat of 1776, Zellerfeld mint, for the Harz mines. Slightly bent, very fine.)"
This type was struck 1767, 1774, 1776, 1780, 1783, 1785, 1789 but is rare. Friedberg lumps all the Harz gold ducats of George III under one catalog number but the SCWC breaks them into several types. 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: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3,48 g.

Catalog reference: KM 359, Müseler 10.6.4/29; Fr-618; Welter 2793.


  • 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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