Hannover 1839-S 2-1/2 thaler Fr-1174

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Sincona sale 46, lot 198
This specimen was lot 198 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 600 CHF (about US$720 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Braunschweig-Lüneburg-Calenberg-Hannover, Herzogtum, Ernst August, 1837-1851. 2 1/2 Taler 1839, Hannover. Sehr schön. (Germany, kingdom of Hannover, Ernest Augustus, 1837-51, 2½ thalers of 1839, Hannover mint. Very fine.)"
King Wilhelm IV (1830-37) is better known as William IV of England. After his death in 1837, England passed to Victoria and Hannover passed to a cadet branch in the male line. This type was minted 1839, 1840 and 1843 and is rather scarce. The gold 2½, five and ten thaler were superseded by the half krone and krone in 1857. Hannover was annexed to Prussia in 1866, ending the coinage.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.32 g, .896 fine gold, this specimen 3.29 g.

Catalog reference: Divo/S. 110. Schl. 395. Fr-1174, KM 185.1.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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]Richter, Jürg, Auction 46, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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