This is a middle grade silver coin from the north west of Germany minted in 1842.
It has a an interesting history which is discussed further in the History section of this listing.
The coin is 75% pure silver and despite a little wear is still a very nice example.
Collectors from this period will find this example to be a great addition at a reasonable price.
1842 Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel Ein Taler CvC
Grade: Very Fine
Catalogue: AKS 78 Thun 117 KM#1131
Weight: 22.27 g
Diameter: 34 mm
Minted: 566,183 pieces
By the time this coin was struck in 1842 cities such as Bremen, Braunschweig, Hannover and Oldenburg were still not a part of the German coinage system and continued to strike their own coins. Despite this they basically followed the Prussian monetary system. In Braunschweig it remained as the old division within the Thaler of 24 dimes divided again into 12 pennies.
Meanwhile the southern German states joined forces with inclusion of Nassau and Hesse-Darmstadt to come in line with the Munich gold standard which was very close to the Prussian standard.
The Coinage in Braunschweig was brought to a close in 1859 and the final coins had already been minted in Hanover. On the larger of the coin types they displayed to portraits of the local head of the country gentlemen as a general rule on the Obverse. On the Reverse they had the smaller coat of arms of either Hannover or Braunschweig with the prancing horse.
As for the man on the coin he was William and was born in 1806 as the youngest son of Duke Friedrich Wilhelm. He was born around the 25th April 1806 in Braunschweig and his death was recorded as 18th October 1884 in Sibyllenort.
Upon the death of his father his elder brother was brought to power. Charles II proved to be highly unpopular with the people and this led to a revolution / uprising where he was ousted in favor of William who took over control of the Principality of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel Duchy of Brunswick. Duke William was never married and like his brother never had children. Both men died and with no heirs the Bruswick-Bevern line and the new house of Brunswick died out.