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Big Man with a Big Cross

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A new arrival today, a 1752 thaler from Brunswick-Luneberg-Calenburg-Hannover:




For quite a while I’ve wanted to add a coin with this obverse design to my collection, thinking the giant cross was darn cool. I wasn’t expecting a choice uncirculated thaler to fill the spot but when something like this comes along you just have to grab it. The strike exhibits weakness on all of the high points and there’s a mint made flaw on the reverse rim at 2:00. More than balancing these minuses are the clean and hairline free surfaces, the crusty toning and the overall appealing look. Overall, it’s a coin I’m very happy to have in my collection, what more could I want?


As an added bonus it fits with my Holy Roman Empire theme as the Duke of Brunswick & Luneburg rose to the electoral dignity in1692 and also served as the Arch Treasurer of the Empire (a hollow title). Informally the territory was known as Hannover until the name became official in 1814. The ruler, George II, was simultaneously King of England which explains the quartered arms on the reverse. The guy with the cross is Saint Andrew

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