1846 HESSEN ZWEY 2 GULDEN PHILIPP LANDGRAF

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These coins were struck between 1839-1846 in Darmstadt Germany

This is a truly remarkable coin. Very few of these were actually struck with estimates ranging from 10,500 to 11,000 examples. Nicely toned mint examples of this coin have a catalogue value of nearly AUD$4,000.

The coin on offer here has some light wear on the Obverse with minor marks but over all it is very nice condition given its 170 years of existence. The rim is great condition and the crest of arms on the reverse is also well defined as shows light toning.

The historically importance of low mintage coins such as this one can not be under estimated. They are highly sought after by numismatic collectors world wide. Your opportunity to secure this coin at a great price is here.

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1839-1846, Darmstadt.2 Gulden 1846

Composition: Silver
Fineness:     0.9000
Weight:        21.2100g
ASW:          0.6137oz

HESSEN-HOMBURG, LANDGRAFSCHAFT Philipp August Friedrich.

Engraved by Carl Friedrich Voigt who engraved coins and medallions from 1829 till 1855 at the Bayern Mint. 

Obverse PHILIPP SOUV. LANDGRAF ZU HESSEN Head of the Landgrafen l

Reverse: ZWEY GULDEN Coat of arms on the coat of the crowned prince.

Coin edge has recessed squares.

AKS 166. Thun 201. Stutzmann 687. Jg. 8.  Dav. 713.

History

The Landgraf title which is stamped on this coin is a German nobility title. It is actually 2 words in one being Land – country and Graf – Count. A female countess was referred to as a Graefin. It is a mid range title in the nobility stakes and has a somewhat similar equivalent in the British title Earl.  The Graf or Count held the ruling rights to his entire province which in this case was the German state of Hessen. A Grafschaft would best translate to the English equivalent of County. Graf or Count is a common title across a lot of European countries.

Since 1919 in Germany the title is used like any other hereditary title and is taken as part of the legal surname rather than any indication of nobility.

The Landgrave of Hesse was in fact split into two provinces Hesse-Kassel and Hesse-Darmstadt. The actual  title of Landgraf fell into disuse after the end of WWI in 1919.

In 1837, Baden and several other provinces joined the South German Monetary Union and readopted the Gulden as its main currency unit. It had a value of 60 Kreuzer. This new Gulden had the same value as the earlier Gulden and had the value of four sevenths of the then Prussian Thaler.

In 1857 shortly after this coin was minted the Vereinsthaler was introduced into the area but the Gulden continued to be the chief unit of currency until the German Mark came into use in 1873.

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