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    Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. August II 4 Taler 1665/1655-HS AU55 NGC, Zellerfeld mint, KM453, Dav-LS68, Knyphausen-Unl., Elbeshausen Collection-Unl., Preussag Collection-71 var. (there, without value stamp), Welter-774 var. (same). 115.38gm. Henning Schlüter as mintmaster. With value stamp "4" on the obverse. Dated 1665 on the obverse and 1655 on the reverse. An attractive piece which is, by all accounts, much scarcer with the denomination stamped onto the obverse than without. This is readily apparent by the absence of this variety from both the Preussag and Milas collections, as well as its omission from Welter's standard reference. One of three such pieces our survey of recent auction records has revealed, this current offering certainly comes endowed with a singular visual palette. Shades of iridescent blue reside within the expansive fields, transforming into russet and golden accents as they meet the edges of the sharply expressed, raised features. While we have not been able to find an explanation for the two different dates observed on the issue, it seems probable that the reverse die by Schlüter was recycled for the newly dated 1665 emissions, as is perhaps suggested by the expansion of die cracks on some 1665-dated specimens (compare Preussag Collection lots 58 and 71).

    Ex. Künker Auction 86 (September 2003, Lot 1374)

    From the Paramount Collection


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