Hannover 1843-S thaler Dav-674

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40535
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40535 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,645. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. Hamburg. Taler, 1843-S. NGC MS-64. Struck for the wedding of Prince Georg to Duchess Marie of Sachsen-Altenburg. Highly lustrous and attractive." This coin is from Hannover, not Hamburg as stated in the normally accurate catalog. 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. Ernst August was one of the younger brothers of William IV of England. As Queen Victoria was not eligible to be queen of Hannover, her uncle was sent over to rule. As he was thoroughly disliked in England, few wept when he departed.

Recorded mintage: 1,010.

Specification: 16.82 g, .993 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-674; KM-207.


  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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