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Auction 339  14-17 Jan 2018
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Lot 109

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Starting Price: 120 000 USD
Price realized: 210 000 USD

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German States. East Friesland. Georg Christian (1660-1665). 8 Ducats, nd (1662). Long-haired, cuirassed bust right; (heart over three axes) GEORG. CHRIST. D. G. PR. F. O. D. I. E. S. ET. W (Georg Christian by the Grace of God Prince of Ostfriesland, Lord of Esens, Stedesdorf and Wittmund), rev. Tri-helmeted complex Arms; D. A. PACEM. DOMINE. IN. DIEBVS. NO: Fr.890. Georg Christian of the ruling Cirksena family succeeded his brother Enno Louis in 1660 as ruler. Earlier, while studying at the University of T¸bingen, he had met his future wife Christine Charlotte, daughter of Duke Eberhard III of W¸rttemberg. But protocol dictated that to marry a Princess of W¸rttemberg, Georg Christian needed to hold the hereditary title of Imperial Prince. He finally received the title on April 18, 1662. Georg Christian and Christine Charlotte were wedded less than a month later, on May 10, in Stuttgart. This coin, which was struck from Taler dies, was likely a presentation piece for the ceremonies connected to the formal recognition of Georg Christian as an Imperial Prince, or for his marriage to Christine Charlotte. Extremely rare. PCGS AU 53.

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