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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.

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); $240.00 SALE PRICE $216.00


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; $230.00 SALE PRICE $207.00


German States, Duchy of Bavaria, Bishopric of Regensburg, Henry X The Proud, 1126 - 1138 A.D.

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |Duchy| |of| |Bavaria,| |Bishopric| |of| |Regensburg,| |Henry| |X| |The| |Proud,| |1126| |-| |1138| |A.D.||dnnpfennig|
Henry X the Proud was a member of the House of Welf, was Duke of Bavaria (as Henry X) from 1126 to 1138 and Duke of Saxony (as Henry II) as well as Margrave of Tuscany and Duke of Spoleto from 1137 until his death. In 1138 he was a candidate for the election as King of the Romans but was defeated by Conrad of Hohenstaufen.
ME91994. Silver dnnpfennig, Emmerig 68 var. (illuminated head slightly right), Bonhoff I 1979 var. (same), gVF, uneven double strike, weak areas, die wear, weight 0.939 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 270o, Bishopric of Regensburg, ducal mint, 1126 - 1138 A.D.; obverse Illuminated head facing; reverse Duke (on right) enthroned left, handing banner to knight standing left before him, knight taking banner with left hand, sword in right hand; ex Mnzenhdl. Brom (Berlin); rare; $225.00 SALE PRICE $203.00


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; $170.00 SALE PRICE $153.00


German States, Brandenburg-Preussen, Friedrich II, 1440 - 1470

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |Brandenburg-Preussen,| |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.
ME89075. Silver Hohlpfennig Bracteate, Tewes H66, Bahrfeldt 16a var., Saurma 4819, VF, tiny edge cracks, weight 0.317 g, maximum diameter 16.6 mm, Frankfurt (Oder) mint, 1440 - 1470; obverse helmet with crest of six feathers on top, within rayed border; reverse incuse of obverse; ex Mnzenhandlung Wolfgang Strken (Bochum, Germany); rare; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00


German States, Brandenburg, Friedrich II, 1440 - 1470

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |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.
ME89077. Silver Hohlpfennig Bracteate, Tewes H53, Bahrfeldt 16g var., VF, toned, tiny edge crack, weight 0.341 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, Berlin mint, 1440 - 1470; obverse helmet with crest of six feathers top and three feathers at the back, within rayed border; reverse incuse of obverse; ex Mnzenhandlung Manfred Olding (Osnabrck, Germany); rare; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00


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); $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00


German States, Brandenburg, Friedrich II, 1440 - 1470

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |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.
ME89076. Silver Hohlpfennig Bracteate, Bahrfeldt 16g, Tewes H52a, VF, toned, tiny edge splits, light deposits, weight 0.379 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, Berlin mint, 1440 - 1470; obverse helmet with crest of six feathers top and three feathers at the back, within rayed border; reverse incuse of obverse; ex Mnzenhandlung Manfred Olding (Osnabrck, Germany); $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


German States, Brandenburg-Preussen, Otto IV With The Arrow, 1266 - 1308 A.D.

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |Brandenburg-Preussen,| |Otto| |IV| |With| |The| |Arrow,| |1266| |-| |1308| |A.D.||pfennig|
After his father died in 1266, Otto IV ruled Brandenburg-Stendal jointly with his older brother John II and his younger brother Conrad I. Otto IV emerged as the most prominent of the three. Stendal is a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. During a fight in Stafurt in 1280, Otto was hit by an arrow. Allegedly, he lived for a year or more with an arrow sticking out of his head, hence his nickname. It is not quite clear how long he walked around like that; one tradition says "for some time", another says "for many years." There are no written sources to resolve this.
ME91991. Silver pfennig, Bahrfeldt 199, Dannenberg 58, aVF, broad flan, dark toning, areas of weak strike, light corrosion, weight 0.662 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 0o, Stendal mint, c. 1295 A.D.; obverse margrave seated facing, sword upright in right hand, flag in left hand; reverse ST-EN-DA-LE, voided long cross with equal length arms, annulet in each angle, inner border and legend divided by cross; ex Mnzhandel Knopic (Eckartsberga); $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00 ON RESERVE


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; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00




  



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