Hannover 1866-B 2 thaler Dav-683
"Hannover, Königreich Georg V. 1851-1866. Doppelter Vereinstaler 1866. Gutes vorzüglich. (Kingdom of Hannover, George V 1851-66, double union thaler of 1866. Good very fine.)"
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. This two year type is among the kingsom's last issues before being annexed by Prussia.
Recorded mintage: 38,000.
Specification: 37.04 g, .900 fine silver, 1.071 troy oz ASW; this specimen 36,92 g.
Catalog reference: Kahnt 245, Thun 175, Dav-683, KM 240.
- 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.
- SINCONA AG, Munzen, Medaillen & Banknoten Auktion 1, Zurich, 2011.