Hannover 1838-A thaler Dav-666

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UBS sale 85, lot 313
This specimen was lot 313 in UBS sale 85 (Zurich, September 2010), where it sold for 100 CHF (about US$114 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND, Hannover, Kurfürstentum, ab 1814 Königreich, Ernst August, 1837-1851, Taler 1838. Kl. Kr. Fast vorzüglich-vorzüglich" (Kingdom of Hannover, Ernest Augustus, 1837-51, taler of 1838. Good Extremely Fine)

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. Ernst August was one of the younger brothers of William IV of England. As Queen Victoria was not eligible to be queen of Hannover, her uncle was sent over to rule. As he was thoroughly disliked in England, few wept when he departed. This one year type is neither rare or common. A "large head" thaler (Dav-667) also exists for 1838.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 16.82 g, .993 fine silver, this specimen 16,82 g.

Catalog reference: Kahnt 224, Thun 156, Dav-666, KM 181.


  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]UBS Auction 85: Gold and Silver Coins, Zurich: UBS AG, 2010.

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