Brunswick-Harburg 1665 1/2 thaler

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Künker sale 293, lot 636
This specimen was lot 636 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €2,800 (about US$3,774 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BRAUNSCHWEIG UND LÜNEBURG, BRAUNSCHWEIG-WOLFENBÜTTEL, HERZOGTUM Georg Wilhelm, 1665-1705. 1/2 Reichstaler 1665, vermutlich Kassel, auf den Tod Katharina Sophias, Tochter Otto des Jüngeren und Schwester Wilhelms von Harburg, am 16. September. Von allergrößter Seltenheit. Herrliche Patina, sehr schön-vorzüglich. Exemplar der Auktion Fritz Rudolf Künker 49, Osnabrück 1999, Nr. 1725. Katharina Sophia, *1577, Ó1665, der letzte Sproß des Harburger Hauses, war die jüngste Tochter Herzogs Otto des Jüngeren von Harburg und dessen Gemahlin Hedwig, Tochter des Grafen Enno II. von Ostfriesland. Vermählt im Jahre 1609 mit Graf Hermann zu Holstein und Schaumburg. (duchies of Brunswick-Luneburg and Brunswick Wolfenbuttel, George William, 1665-1705, half thaler of 1665, probably minted in Kassel on the death of Katharina Sophia. Very rare, fine patina, very fine to extremely fine. Katharina Sophia (1577-1665), the last of the Harburg House, was the youngest daughter of Duke Otto the Younger of Harburg and his wife Hedwig, daughter of Count Enno II of East Friesland. Married in 1609 to Count Hermann of Holstein and Schaumburg.)"
This is the last half thaler from this locale. When the duke acceded to the title of Brunswick-Luneburg-Celle, he discarded the -Harburg title. The -Luneburg-Celle title itself lapsed on his death in 1705.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: KM 48, Welter 749; Weinm. 389.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 293: Münzen aus Mittelalter und Neuzeit u. a. die westfälischen Privatsammlungen Werner Bröker und Bernd Terletzki, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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