Hannover 1849-B 5 thaler Fr-1176

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3661
This specimen was lot 3661 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €2,800 (about US$3,617 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRAUNSCHWEIG-CALENBERG-HANNOVER, AB 1815 KÖNIGREICH HANNOVER Ernst August, 1837-1851. 5 Taler 1849, B. GOLD. Vorzüglich-Stempelglanz. (kingdom of Hannover, Ernest Augustus, 1837-51, five thalers of 1849, extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
After the death of William IV of England in 1837, England passed to Victoria and Hannover passed to a cadet branch in the male line. This type was minted 1849 and 1851 and is rather scarce. Friedberg assigns the same catalog number to this and the 1845-48 issue but the SCWC quite properly separates them, as the obverses are distinct. The gold 2½, five and ten thaler were superseded by the half krone and krone in 1857.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: 6.65 g, .896 fine gold, this specimen 6.65 g.

Catalog reference: Divo/S. 108; Fr-1176; Schl. 413, KM 210.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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