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Triton XXII, Lot: 1250. Estimate $750.
Sold for $650. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

GERMANY, Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel (Herzogtum). Auguste der Jüngere (the Younger). 1635-1666. AR Taler (41mm, 28.65 g, 3h). ‘Glockentaler’ – Sixth Bell Taler type. Zellerfeld mint; Henning Schluter, mintmaster. Dated 1643. · AUGUSTUS · HERTZOG ZU · BRAUN : U : LUN :, armored and mantled half-length bust left, holding baton and plumed helmet / H (crossed keys) S * · ALLES * MIT * BEDACHT * AO : 16 43, bell inscribed W · A · I · D · I · R, with E on clapper; TAN DEM across fields,; below, M · VII B · 14 · ZZ ·. Welter 815; Davenport 6374B; KM 428. EF, attractive cabinet toning. Rare.

Ex Richard A. Jourdan Collection; Millennia Collection (Part II, Goldberg, 26 May 2008), lot 585.

As a type, the glockentaler (bell taler), appears to reflect the changing sentiment of the leadership of the Dukes of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel during the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648). In 1622, Christian von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel (1616-1626), issued an unusual series of doppeltalers and talers (see Davenport 6319-6323). Reputedly minted from silver plate taken from the Imperial abbey of Corvey, this type features religious legends in both French and German. The reverse depicts God’s right arm extending from the clouds, armored and holding a sword that may, or may not, support a crown. In keeping with Christian’s aggressive advocacy of the Protestant cause, the German reads GOTTES FREVNDT DER PFAFFEN FEINDT (God’s friend; the priests’ enemy). By the time of Auguste der Jüngere, however, German territories, including Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, had been the site of much of the devastating fighting during the war. The departure in 1634 of the imperial armies from his territories was a cause of celebration. To commemorate this event, a series of seven taler types were struck. Collectively known as glockentalers, since a bell features prominently into the design of six of the types (the fourth type shows a stone block and a bell clapper), all of these coins have the common reverse legend ALLES MIT BEDACHT (everything with deliberation), which suggests that the consequences of the impulsive policy of Christian von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel and almost twenty years of devastation, brought sober reflection with the onset of peace.