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Germany is today a federal republic consisting of sixteen states. Federalism has a long tradition in German history. The Holy Roman Empire comprised many petty states, numbering more than 300 around 1796. The number of territories was greatly reduced during the Napoleonic Wars (1796-1814). After the Congress of Vienna (1815), 39 states formed the German Confederation. The Confederation was dissolved after the Austro-Prussian War. Prussia and the other states in Northern and Central Germany united as a federal state, the North German Federation, on July 1, 1867. The Southern states Bavaria, Württemberg, Baden and Hesse-Darmstadt entered military alliances with Prussia. In the Franco-Prussian War of 1870?71, those states joined the North German Federation. It was consequently renamed to German Empire, and the parliament and Federal Council decided to give the Prussian king the title of German Emperor. The new German Empire included 25 states and the imperial territory of Alsace-Lorraine. After the territorial losses of the Treaty of Versailles, the remaining states continued as republics of a new German federation. These states were gradually de facto abolished and reduced to provinces under the Nazi regime. The creation of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949 was through the unification of the western states (which were previously under American, British, and French administration) created in the aftermath of World War II.

German States, Ulm, War of Spanish Succession, Siege Issue, 1704 A.D.

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |Ulm,| |War| |of| |Spanish| |Succession,| |Siege| |Issue,| |1704| |A.D.|, |Gulden| |Klippe|
This interesting piece was struck in 1704 while the city of Ulm was under siege by the Bavarian General Thüngen.
WO47150. Silver Gulden Klippe, SCWC KM 90, Nau 156b, Schön 4, VF, jewelry loop, weight 5.593 g, maximum diameter 40.1 mm, die axis 0o, Ulm mint, 1704 A.D.; obverse MONETA • ARGENT : REIP : VLMENSIS, civic coat of arms within elaborate frame, cherub on top; reverse DA • PACEM • NOBIS • DOMINE •, double-headed imperial eagle facing, crowned, wings spread, globus cruciger on chest; scarce; SOLD


German States, Ravensburg, c. 1270 - 1275 A.D.

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |Ravensburg,| |c.| |1270| |-| |1275| |A.D.|, |bracteate| |pfennig|
Ravensburg is a town in Upper Swabia in Southern Germany, capital of the district of Ravensburg, Baden-Württemberg. Ravensburg was first mentioned in 1088. In the Middle Ages, it was an Imperial Free City and an important trading center. The "Great Ravensburg Trading Society" owned shops and trading companies all over Europe. The historic town center is still very much intact, including three town gates and over 10 towers of the medieval fortification. The town's most popular festival is the "Rutenfest" in mid year.
ME92002. Silver bracteate pfennig, Klein-Ulmer 215, Berger 2551, Lanz Ravensburg 36, Choice EF, light toning, weight 0.405 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 0o, royal mint, c. 1270 - 1275 A.D.; obverse heavily fortified gateway with three towers, broad beaded gable gate with star-shaped rosette in the opening, the middle tower stands on a flat ledge and has a pinnacle crown, the two side towers have pointed roofs; reverse incuse of the obverse; ex Pater Münzen & Medaillen (Ense, Germany); SOLD


Lot of 3 German Silver Coins, 1904, 1911 and 1913

|Germany|, |Lot| |of| |3| |German| |Silver| |Coins,| |1904,| |1911| |and| |1913|, |Lot|
- Hesse-Darmstadt, 1904, 2 marks, KM 372, Ernst Ludwig, 400th Birthday of Philipp the Magnanimous, obv: jugate heads left / rev: crowned imperial eagle with shield on breast.

- Bavaria, 1911D, 3 marks, KM 998, Otto, 90th Birthday of Prince Regent Luitpold, obv: head right / rev: crowned imperial eagle shield on breast, edge lettering: GOTT MIT UNS.

- Prussia, 1913A, 2 marks, KM 532, Wilhelm II, 100th Anniversary victory over Napoleon at Leipzig, obv: eagle with snake in talons / rev: figure on horseback surrounded by people.
LT87713. Silver Lot, 3 Brilliant Uncirculated German States Silver Coins, the lot is the actual coins in the photograph, as-is, no returns; SOLD


German States, Brandenburg-Prussia, Friedrich II, 1740 - 1786

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |Brandenburg-Prussia,| |Friedrich| |II,| |1740| |-| |1786|, |8| |Groschen|
Frederick II ruled the Kingdom of Prussia from 1740 until 1786, the longest reign of any Hohenzollern king. His most significant accomplishments during his reign included his military victories, his reorganization of Prussian armies, his patronage of the arts and the Enlightenment and his final success against great odds in the Seven Years' War.
WO89008. Silver 8 Groschen, SCWC KM 274.1 (1759A), von Schrötter Brandenburg 1664, gVF, toned, marks, weak strike, minor flan flaws, weight 8.989 g, maximum diameter 29.1 mm, die axis 0o, Berlin mint, 1759; obverse FREDERICUS BORUSSORUM REX (Frederick King of Prussia), head of Freidrich II right, A below; reverse *8* / GUTE / GROSCHEN / 1759 in 4 lines above helmet, flags, and lances, *A* below; ex Munzenhdl. Brom (Berlin); SOLD


German States, Brandenburg-Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1640 - 1688

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |Brandenburg-Prussia,| |Friedrich| |Wilhelm,| |1640| |-| |1688|, |18| |groschen|
The obverse legend abbreviates the Latin, "Fridericus Wilhelmus Dei Gratia Marchio Brandenburgicus; Sancti Romani Imperii Archi Camerarius et Primus Elector," meaning, "Friedrich Wilhelm, by the grace of God, Marquis of Brandenburg, Arch-chamberlain and First Elector of the Holy Roman Empire." Friedrich Wilhelm was Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia, from 1640 until his death in 1688. He is popularly known as "the Great Elector" because of his military and political achievements. Frederick William was a staunch pillar of the Calvinist faith, associated with the rising commercial class. His shrewd domestic reforms gave Prussia a strong position in the post-Westphalian political order of north-central Europe, setting Prussia up for elevation from duchy to kingdom, achieved under his son and successor.
WO89014. Silver 18 groschen, SCWC KM 468 (1686BA), von Schrötter Brandenburg 1731 var. (PR EL), Dost, gVF, weak strike areas, marks, weight 5.369 g, maximum diameter 28.9 mm, die axis 0o, Königsberg in Bayern mint, 1686; obverse FRID WILH D G M B S R I A C & PR ELE, crowned and armored bust of Freidrich II right, sword in right hand over right shoulder; reverse SUPREMUS DUX IN PRUSSIA 1686, eagle facing, head left, wings spread, crown above, 1-8 flanking low across field (mark of value), B-A (mint official Bastian Altmann) divided by tail; ex Munzenhdl. Brom (Berlin); SOLD


German States, Pommern-Stralsund, 1607

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |Pommern-Stralsund,| |1607|, |pfennig|
Stralsund is a Hanseatic town in the Pomeranian part of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Stralsund was granted city rights in 1234 and was one of the most prosperous members of the medieval Hanseatic League. In 1628, during the Thirty Years' War, Stralsund came under Swedish rule and remained so until the upheavals of the Napoleonic Wars.
WO89587. Copper pfennig, Bratring 20, SCWC KM 2, VF, weight 1.367 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, Stralsund (Germany) mint, 1607; obverse city arms divide date 1607 in striated circle; reverse incuse of obverse; SOLD


German States, Lot of Two Medieval Silver Coins, 12th -15th Century

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |Lot| |of| |Two| |Medieval| |Silver| |Coins,| |12th| |-15th| |Century|, |Lot|
- Germany, Teutonic Order of Knights in Prussia, Grand Master Paul Von Rusdorf, 1422 - 1441, silver shilling, 1.526g, 20.7mm, MAGST PAVLVS PRIM, Arms of the Teutonic order on long cross / MONETA DNORVM PRVC, shield on long cross, cf. Davenport East Baltic 276.

- Germany, Cologne, Philipp von Heinsberg, 1167 - 1191, silver pfennig, 1.378g, 16.6mm, no date, HIARC EPISCOPV, archbishop seated facing, holding crozier in right hand and cross-tipped scepter in left / EIACOLONIA PAICHAI, cathedral, cf. Grierson Medieval 168; cf. Hävernick 506
SH95392. Silver Lot, German states, 2 silver coins, the actual coins in the photograph; SOLD


German States, Nuremberg, Guildmaster Hans Krauwinckel, 'School Rechenmeisterl' Type Jetton, 1586 - 1635

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |Nuremberg,| |Guildmaster| |Hans| |Krauwinckel,| |'School| |Rechenmeisterl'| |Type| |Jetton,| |1586| |-| |1635|, |jeton|
Hans Krauwinckel, was a famous maker of jetons, with representatives in Paris and Amsterdam. This type may have been made for use in schools to teach accounting.

Reckoning counters or jetons were used by government officers and merchants for performing financial calculations on a chequer board in a manner similar to using an abacus. Columns were marked with values and rows with transaction details. The system was particularly useful because denominations were not based on the decimal system. The adoption of Arabic numerals, the decimal system, and recognising zero as a value replaced counting boards with written calculations in the 17th century.
ME47149. Brass jeton, Stalzer 22, VF, holed, weight 4.590 g, maximum diameter 28.6 mm, die axis 0o, obverse HANS KRAUWINCKEL IN NVR (Hans Krauwinckel in Nuremberg), Rechenmeister seated facing, at his counting table, with a pointed beard and moustache, wearing a jacket with voluminous sleeves; reverse * FLEISIGE . RECHNVNG . MACHT . RICHTIKEIT (Diligent accounting makes for accuracy), Alphabet arranged in five lines within a circular inner border; SOLD


German States, Prussia, Wilhelm I and Augusta, 1861 - 1888

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |Prussia,| |Wilhelm| |I| |and| |Augusta,| |1861| |-| |1888|, |Thaler|
This issue commemorates the coronation of Wilhelm I and Augusta.
WO58777. Silver Thaler, SCWC KM 488, EF, toned, weight 18.448 g, maximum diameter 33.0 mm, die axis 0o, 1861; obverse WILHELM KOENIG AUGUSTA KOENIGIN V. PREUSSEN, crowned and draped jugate busts of Wilhelm and Augusta right; reverse SUUM CUIQUE KROENUNGS THALER 1861, WRAR WRAR around imperial eagle; SOLD


German States, City of Hamburg, Lower Saxony, 1468 - 1500

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |City| |of| |Hamburg,| |Lower| |Saxony,| |1468| |-| |1500|, |shilling|
Hamburg has been destroyed, or nearly so, many times. In 845, 600 Viking ships sailed up the River Elbe and destroyed Hamburg, at that time a town of around 500 inhabitants. In 1030, King Mieszko II Lambert of Poland burned down the city. Valdemar II of Denmark raided and occupied Hamburg in 1201 and in 1214. The Black Death killed at least 60% of the population in 1350. Hamburg experienced several great fires, most notably in 1284 and 1842, and on 23 July 1943 Allied firebombing completely destroyed entire boroughs. Still, today it is the second largest city in Germany and the eighth largest city in the European Union.
WO90120. Silver shilling, Jesse 521, Gaedechens 906 ff., VF, weight 2.138 g, maximum diameter 25.4 mm, die axis 225o, Hamburg mint, after the recess of 1468; obverse + MOnETA o nOVA hAMBVRGEn', Castle of Hamburg; reverse + SIGNO CRVCIS SALVEMVR, ornamented cross fourchée with quatrefoil and nettle leaf at center, lis in each quarter; ex Manfred Olding-Münznehdl; SOLD




  




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