Germany, Kingdom of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel. Rudolf August and Anton Ulrich. 1692. 1685-1704

Germany, Kingdom of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel. Rudolf August and Anton Ulrich. 1692. 1685-1704

1,750.00

AR Taler, 29.27g (46mm, 12h). Busts of Rudolph August and Anton Ulrich right. Around D.RVD:AVG.ET.ANTH:VIR:ID.D.BRVN.ET LVN / Two columns with flags and guns. Around, DVOBVS FVLCRIS SECVRIVS (Latin for "there is more security with two supports").

References: Davenport 6395. Welter 2066

Grade: Attractive patina with no severe scratches or marks (wc1040)

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This taler type can be found in Davenport’s German Secular Talers, one book among the monumental series he authored. Talers such as this one, in and of themselves derive no historically significant information for collectors of today unless one might somehow be linked by familial ties. That said, the taler series as a whole is fascinating for collectors in learning the intricacies of the ruling families in Germany and the surrounding areas in the 1500’s and moving forward. Talers were used in Europe for over 400 years and their large size and interesting imagery continues to fascinate collectors.

This particular coin from the Duchy of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel traces back the family line to 1235. The Duchy was located in north central Germany between the Elbe and Weser rivers. This particular coin was produced when two brothers, Rudolf August and Anton Ulrich (both seen on the coin), ruled jointly.