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    Struck in Anticipation of Peace

    Brunswick-Lüneburg-Celle. Friedrich 3 Taler 1647-LW MS63 NGC, Clausthal mint, Lippold Wefer as mintmaster, KM177, Dav-135 (LS). A beautifully-preserved specimen of this broad multiple Taler, likely issued just after the Truce of Ulm in March of 1647 when the end of the Thirty Years' War was imminent. Duke Friedrich is pictured on the obverse surrounded by the arms of the various cities and towns of his duchy: Brunswick, Eberstein, Oberdiepholz, Lohra, Unterdiepholz, Lutterberg, Blankenburg, Klettenberg, Regenstein, Hohenstein, Bruchhausen, Hoya, Homburg, and Lüneburg. The reverse depicts a dichotomic scene; to the right a landscape with felled trees and a burning building watched by a nearby bird (owl?) in a withered tree, to the left is a more idyllic scene of farmers, shepherds, and miners in a landscape beneath the sun overwatched by a nearby dove with an olive branch in its beak. A "3" denoting the weight in Talers is stamped at the bottom. A few minuscule flaws are noted, primarily visible with the aid of a glass, but none distract significantly from the toned surfaces, well-struck details, and flashes of luster clinging to the edges of the devices.

    The Thirty Years' War of 1618-48 was a devastating conflict for the population of Central Europe, as vast mercenary armies were essentially living off the land through pillage. A great number of soldiers were killed in battle, but these figures are dwarfed by the millions of civilian deaths caused by the famine and disease triggered by the various campaigns. A number of truces had come into effect between the various state actors throughout the 1640's, such as the aforementioned Truce of Ulm signed on 14 March, 1647 by France, Sweden, Bavaria, and Cologne. The final peace came after a series of treaties were negotiated in Münster and Osnabrück between May and October of 1648, collectively known as the Peace of Westphalia.
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