Hesse-Cassel 1864-CP thaler Dav-697

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Kunker sale 263, lot 940
This specimen was lot 940 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €460 (about US$594 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"HESSEN-KASSEL, KURFÜRSTENTUM Friedrich Wilhelm, 1847-1866. Vereinstaler 1864. Mit Signatur C. P. am Halsabschnitt. Selten in dieser Erhaltung. Prachtexemplar. Herrliche Patina, fast Stempelglanz. (Electorate of Hesse, Frederick William, 1847-66, union thaler of 1864 with initials "C.P." on truncation. Rare in this quality, proof example, handsome patina, choice uncirculated.)"
This type was issued 1858-65 and comes with and without the engraver's initials "C.P." on the truncation of the bust. The Elector chose the wrong side in the Austro-Prussian war of 1866 and had his domain annexed to Prussia for his pains.

Recorded mintage: 32,000 (including those without "CP").

Specification: 22.27 g, .750 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-697; AKS 62; Kahnt 257 a; Thun 190, KM 621.1.


  • [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.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.

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