Hesse-Cassel 1765-FU thaler Dav-2300

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Kunker sale 263, lot 935
This specimen was lot 935 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €1,200 (about US$1,550 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"HESSEN-KASSEL, LANDGRAFSCHAFT, Friedrich II. 1760-1785. Konv.-Taler 1765, Kassel. R Herrliche Patina, vorzüglich. Die ungewöhnliche Stellung der Löwen soll wahrscheinlich die gespannten Verhältnisse der Höfe Kassel und Hanau darstellen. Der rechte Löwe scheint nach dem Hosenbandorden und dem darüber befindlichen Wappen von Hanau zu schnappen. Da Friedrich II. zwar immer wieder seine Rechte in Hanau angemeldet hatte, sie aber nie bekam, wird er hier als schnappender Löwe dargestellt. Der Hof in Kassel war über so eine öffentliche Demonstration nicht angetan und bemüht, dieses Gepräge wieder einzuziehen. (Germany, landgraviate of Hesse-Cassel, Frederick II, 1760-85, convention thaler of 1765, Cassel mint. Scarce, nice toning, extremely fine. The unusual position of the lion on the reverse is likely to represent the strained relations of the courts Kassel and Hanau. The right lion seems to gasp for the Order of the Garter and the overlying coat of arms of Hanau. Since Frederick had repeatedly declared but never obtained his rights in Hanau, it is shown here as a snapping lion. The court in Kassel was not likely as a public demonstration and tried to collect this character again.)"
When Frederick ascended to the throne in 1760, the mint, which had minted thalers only occasionally, became more active. This type is one of a series (Dav-2299 thru -2307) issued during his reign.

Recorded mintage: unknown but somewhat scarce.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Schütz 1842; KM 476, Dav-2300.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., German Talers, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1965.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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