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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 in 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 in 1867. The Southern states Bavaria, Wrttemberg, 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. In 1949, the German Democratic Republic, commonly referred to as East Germany, was established in the Soviet zone, while the Federal Republic of Germany, commonly referred to as West Germany, was established in the three western zones. The country was peacefully reunited on 3 October 1990.

Upper Lusatia, Meissen, Conrad II - Henry III, 1027 - 1056 A.D.

|Poland|, |Upper| |Lusatia,| |Meissen,| |Conrad| |II| |-| |Henry| |III,| |1027| |-| |1056| |A.D.||randpfennige| |(rim| |pfennig)|
Meissen (in German Meien) is a town northwest of Dresden on both banks of the Elbe river. Lusatia also known as Sorbia, is a historical region in Central Europe, split between Germany and Poland. The region is the home of the ethnic group of Sorbs.
ME89017. Silver randpfennige (rim pfennig), Kilger MOL A 3:1, Gumowski 49, VF, weak strike, raised rim, weight 0.949 g, maximum diameter 14.1 mm, die axis 270o, anonymous mint, c. 1027 - 1056 A.D.; obverse clover leaf cross, dots and dotted wedges in quarters; border of triangles, V's and other shapes simulating a legend; reverse small cross with 12 pellets around, border of triangles, annulets and other shapes simulating a legend; $60.00 (60.60)


France, Second Empire, Napolon III, Defeat and Capture at Sedan 1870, Brass Medal

|Tokens,| |Medals| |&| |Exonumia|, |France,| |Second| |Empire,| |Napolon| |III,| |Defeat| |and| |Capture| |at| |Sedan| |1870,| |Brass| |Medal||medal|
The Battle of Sedan was fought during the Franco-Prussian War, 19 July 1870 28 January 1871 (6 months, 1 week and 2 days). Bombarded from all sides for two days by German artillery and with all breakout attempts defeated, the French Army of Chlons capitulated on 2 September, with 104,000 men taken into German captivity along with 558 guns. Napoleon III was taken prisoner. The French government in Paris continued the war and proclaimed a Government of National Defense on 4 September. The German armies besieged Paris on 19 September. With Paris starving the French negotiated an armistice with the Prussians. The Prussian Army held a brief victory parade in Paris on 1 March, the city was silent and draped with black and the Germans quickly withdrew. The quick German victory over the French stunned neutral observers, many of whom had expected a French victory and most of whom had expected a long war.
WO110187. Brass medal, Collignon Guerre , EF, scratches, weight 6.669 g, maximum diameter 25.9 mm, die axis 0o, 1870; obverse * NAPOLEON III EMPEREUR * clockwise above, SEDAN 1870 counterclockwise below, Persian soldier's head left, wearing Prussian pickelhaube (spiked helmet); reverse German Inscription: WER HTT',, / GEDACHT / DASS PREUSSENS,, / MACHT / MICH SO BEDACHT. (Who would have thought that Prussia makes me so fearful.) in five lines; ex CNG e-auction 510 (23 Feb 2022), lot 920; ex J. Eric Engstrom Collection; ex Dr. Richard E. Dickerson Collection; ex Jess Peters, Inc auction 92 (10 Mar 1978), lot 615; ex Matthew van der Voort Collection; extremely rare, perhaps unique; $150.00 (151.50)


German States, Prince-Bishopric of Augsburt, Udalschalk von Eschenlohe, 1184 - 1202

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |Prince-Bishopric| |of| |Augsburt,| |Udalschalk| |von| |Eschenlohe,| |1184| |-| |1202||bracteate| |pfennig|
 
ME92216. Silver bracteate pfennig, Bonhoff 1900, Steinhilber Augsburgs 59, Lbbecke 976, gVF, toned, weight 0.836 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 0o, Augsburt mint, 1184 1202; obverse bishop's bust facing, annulet lower left and right (left unstruck), within in a nine point gear-shaped frame (crown?), points beaded, all within an inner circle surrounded by crescents interspersed with annulets, pellet within each crescent; reverse incuse of the obverse; ex Mnzenhandlung Wolfgang Strcker; $180.00 (181.80)


German States, Prince-Bishopric of Bamberg, Arnold von Solms, 1286 - 1296 A.D.

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |Prince-Bishopric| |of| |Bamberg,| |Arnold| |von| |Solms,| |1286| |-| |1296| |A.D.||bracteate| |pfennig|
Bamberg is a town in northern Bavaria, Germany, laid out over seven hills where the Regnitz and Main rivers meet. The town dates back to the 9th century, when its name was derived from the nearby Babenberch castle. Its old town preserves structures from the 11th to 19th centuries including the muraled Altes Rathaus (town hall), which occupies an island in the Regnitz reached by arched bridges. The Romanesque Bamberg Cathedral, begun in the 11th century, features four towers and numerous stone carvings. Cited as one of Germany's most beautiful town, with medieval streets and Europe's largest intact old city wall, the old town of Bamberg has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993.
ME92171. Silver bracteate pfennig, Krug Bamberg 87, aVF, toning, uneven weak strike, weight 0.465 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, Bamberg mint, 1286 - 1296 A.D.; obverse eight point rosette or star within linear circle, surrounded by four alternating crescents and crosses with pellets between them; reverse incuse of the obverse; $45.00 (45.45)


German States, City of Stralsund, 1538

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |City| |of| |Stralsund,| |1538||schilling|
Stralsund began as a fishing village called Strale or Stralow, from the Polabian Slav word for "arrow," which explains why the city's coat of arms is an arrowhead and cross.
WO92115. Silver schilling, Saurma 4999 (normal date), gF, toned, uneven strike; engraving error: the 38 is reversed to 83, weight 1.102 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, Stralsund mint, 1538; obverse 83 (sic!, 38 reversed) MONETANOVASVNDE (new money shilling), city arms: arrowhead with socket mount; reverse DEVSINNOMTVOSALV: (God, in your name, save us), cross patte, S in one quadrant; ex Mnzenhdl. Brom (Berlin); we looked and could not find another specimen with the date reversed; very rare; $150.00 (151.50)


German States, City of Stralsund, 1350 - 1375 A.D.

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |City| |of| |Stralsund,| |1350| |-| |1375| |A.D.||Witten|
Stralsund began as a fishing village called Strale or Stralow, from the Polabian Slav word for "arrow," which explains why the city's coat of arms is an arrowhead and cross.
WO92149. Silver Witten, Saurma 4994, Jesse 310, Dannenberg 259, VF, well centered, toned, light marks/scratches, weight 1.302 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, Stralsund mint, 1350 - 1375 A.D.; obverse ✿ MOnETA : SVnDEnSIS (double annulet stop), arrowhead pointed upward; reverse ✿ DEVS: IN: nOMInE: TVO (God, in your name; double annulet stops), cross patte, arrowhead in 1st quarter pointed toward center; $70.00 (70.70)


Upper Lusatia, Meissen, Conrad II - Henry III, 1027 - 1056 A.D.

|Poland|, |Upper| |Lusatia,| |Meissen,| |Conrad| |II| |-| |Henry| |III,| |1027| |-| |1056| |A.D.||randpfennige| |(rim| |pfennig)|
Meissen (in German Meien) is a town northwest of Dresden on both banks of the Elbe river. Lusatia also known as Sorbia, is a historical region in Central Europe, split between Germany and Poland. The region is the home of the ethnic group of Sorbs.
ME92097. Silver randpfennige (rim pfennig), Kilger MOL A 3:1, Gumowski 49, gF, toned, raised rim, weight 1.130 g, maximum diameter 15.5 mm, die axis 0o, anonymous mint, c. 1027 - 1056 A.D.; obverse clover leaf cross, border of triangles, X's and other shapes simulating a legend; reverse small cross with 12 pellets around, border of triangles, X's and other shapes simulating a legend; $50.00 (50.50)


German States, Prince-Bishopric of Bamberg, Arnold von Solms, 1286 - 1296 A.D.

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |Prince-Bishopric| |of| |Bamberg,| |Arnold| |von| |Solms,| |1286| |-| |1296| |A.D.||bracteate| |pfennig|
Bamberg is a town in northern Bavaria, Germany, laid out over seven hills where the Regnitz and Main rivers meet. The town dates back to the 9th century, when its name was derived from the nearby Babenberch castle. Its old town preserves structures from the 11th to 19th centuries including the muraled Altes Rathaus (town hall), which occupies an island in the Regnitz reached by arched bridges. The Romanesque Bamberg Cathedral, begun in the 11th century, features four towers and numerous stone carvings. Cited as one of Germany's most beautiful town, with medieval streets and Europe's largest intact old city wall, the old town of Bamberg has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993.
ME92099. Silver bracteate pfennig, Krug Bamberg 87, VF, toning, uneven strike with unstruck area, weight 17.43 g, maximum diameter 0.434 mm, die axis 0o, Bamberg mint, 1286 - 1296 A.D.; obverse eight point rosette or star within linear circle, surrounded by four alternating crescents and crosses with pellets between them; reverse incuse of the obverse; $90.00 (90.90)


German States, Bishopric of Halberstadt, Gerno von Schembke, 1160 - 1177

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |Bishopric| |of| |Halberstadt,| |Gerno| |von| |Schembke,| |1160| |-| |1177||bracteate|
The Diocese of Halberstadt was a Roman Catholic diocese from 804 until 1648. From 1180, the bishops or administrators of Halberstadt ruled a state within the Holy Roman Empire, the prince-bishopric of Halberstadt. The diocesan seat and secular capital was Halberstadt in present-day Saxony-Anhalt. Gerno von Schembke was the Bishop of Halberstadt from 1160 to 1177.
ME92042. Silver bracteate, cf. Svensson 8.1, BBB I 15.17, Bonhoff I 483, Berger 1325, VF, well centered, toned, parts of legends weakly struck, weight 0.835 g, maximum diameter 25.7 mm, die axis 0o, Halberstadt mint, 1160 - 1177; obverse + S STEPHANVS PROTOMARTI, bust of St. Stephen facing, nimbate, draped, three pellets left and star right; reverse incuse of obverse; ex Mnzenhdl. Brom (Berlin); $200.00 (202.00)


German States, Margraviate of Brandenburg, Friedrich II, 1440 - 1470

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |Margraviate| |of| |Brandenburg,| |Friedrich| |II,| |1440| |-| |1470||Hohlpfennig| |Bracteate|
Frederick II of Brandenburg was a Prince-elector of the Margraviate of Brandenburg from 1440 until his abdication in 1470, and was a member of the House of Hohenzollern.
ME92076. Silver Hohlpfennig Bracteate, Bahrfeldt 16a, Tewes H60c, Saurma 4819, aEF, toned, tiny edge crack, weight 0.274 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 0o, Frankfurt (Oder) mint, 1440 - 1470; obverse helmet with crest of six feathers on top, within rayed border; reverse incuse of obverse; ex Mnzenhandlung W. Rittig (Schwelm, Germany); $100.00 (101.00)




  






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