Brunswick-Luneburg-Calenberg 1665-HS thaler Dav-6544

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UBS sale 85, lot 271
This specimen was lot 271 in UBS sale 85 (Zurich, September 2010), where it sold for 650 CHF (about US$742 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND, Braunschweig-Lüneburg, Herzogtum, -Calenberg-Hannover, Johann Friedrich, 1665-1679. Taler 1665. Fünffach behelmtes Wappen. Rv. Wilder Mann mit Baumstamm in der Rechten. Fast vorzüglich-vorzüglich." (Duchy of Brunswick-Luneburg-Calenberg-Hannover, duke John Frederick, 1665-79, thaler of 1665. Quintuple-helmeted arms; reverse: wild man with tree trunk in his right hand. Nice Extremely Fine.)

This type depicting the wild man of the forest is recorded for 1665-67 only and is catalogued for more than other types of the same period. 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.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 28,67 g.

Catalog reference: Welter 1714, Dav-6544, KM 89.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Davenport, John S., German Secular Talers, 1600-1700, Frankfurt: Numismatischer Verlag, 1976.
  • [1]UBS Auction 85: Gold and Silver Coins, Zurich: UBS AG, 2010.

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