Hesse-Homburg 1861 thaler Dav-714

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Sincona sale 22, part of lot 1455
This specimen was lot 1455 in Sincona sale 22 (Zurich, May 2015), where it sold for 250 CHF (about US$314 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Hessen-Kassel, ab 1803 Kurfürstentum, Lot Diverse Münzen -. Heller 1747. Taler 1819. Bronzemedaille 1821 (mit Tragehenkel). Taler 1836. Vereinstaler 1859. Dazu: Hessen-Homburg. Vereinstaler 1861. Fast sehr schön und sehr schön. (Hesse-Cassel, various coins, including a union thaler of Hesse-Homburg of 1861. Very fine or better.)"
The landgraviate of Hesse-Homburg was split from Hesse-Darmstadt in 1622. It was mediatized by Napoleon but restored by the Vienna Congress but fell to Prussia in 1866 on the extinction of the dynasty. Its issues are sporadic and scarce. This type is listed for 1858-63 and is the only thaler from the nineteenth century for this locale.

Recorded mintage: 6,588.

Specification: 18.52 g, .900 fine silver, 0.536 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 20, Dav-714.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Collection Fumatori, Auction 22, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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