Anhalt -  originally part of Saxony from the 9th C. AD, finally inherited by Henry I who took the title of Prince and founded the house of Anhalt. Various pieces of Anhalt were taken by sons until it had devolved into several much smaller territories.

 

The next united principality of Anhalt (under Joachim Ernst) was short-lived, and in 1603, it was split up into the mini-states of Anhalt-Dessau, Anhalt-Bernburg, Anhalt-Köthen, Anhalt-Zerbst and Anhalt-Plötzkau.

 

In 1806, Napolean elevated the remaining states of Anhalt-Bernburg, Anhalt-Dessau and Anhalt-Köthen to duchies. (Anhalt-Plötzkau and Anhalt-Zerbst had ceased to exist in the meantime.) These duchies were united in 1863 to form a united Anhalt again due to the extinction of the Köthen and Bernburg lines.

 

 

1852 A Anhalt Bernburg Taler, NGC MS63

Mintage of 10,000, with really lovely rich toning.

 

 

1862 A Anhalt Bernburg Taler, PCGS MS66

Rich, deep toning, and the finest currently graded.

 

Augsburg

 

 

 

1786 Pattern Heller, PCGS SP65

A pattern in silver, KM-Pn63.

 

Baden - it's modern history begins in the 12th C. AD when it became a margraviate under the Holy Roman Empire. It reached it's peak when it became a Grand Duchy during the Napoleanic era and was one of the founding states of a unified German Empire in 1871.

 

Bavaria - a Duchy of the Holy Roman Empire as early as 555 AD.  In the 17th C. the Duke became a Prince-Elector of the Holy Roman Empire and it was elevated to a Kingdom in 1806 with the dissolution of the Empire by Napoleon.

 

 

1694 Bavaria Taler, NGC MS62

Maximillian III Emanuel as Duke of Bavaria and Prince Elector of the Holy Roman Empire. A believer in Enlightened Absolutism (also known as Enlightened Despotism) he did much to advance the welfare of his people, at one point selling off the crown jewels in order to pay for corn to be distributed. This particular design has an extraordinary Madonna and Child reverse.

 

 

1778 HST Bavaria Taler, NGC MS63

Some adjustment marks on the reverse but wonderfull toning.

 

 

1871 Bavaria Taler, PCGS MS66

Really a superb coin, readily available in lower grades these are tough to find in 65 or 66 quality.

 

 

1889 Medal Wendelstein Chapel

On 20 August 1890 Germany's highest church was consecrated. It is dedicated to the Patron of Bavaria and is a satellite church of the parish of Maria Himmelfahrt in Brannenburg.

A really lovely Madonna and Child on this reverse.

 

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