1697, Brunswick-wolfenbuttel, Anthony Ulrich & Rudolph A. Silver Harmony Thaler. For Sale

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1697, Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel, Anthony Ulrich & Rudolph A. Silver Harmony Thaler. RR!

Mint year: 1697
Condition: About XF!
Mint Place: Brunswick
Mint Master: Rudolf Bornemann (R.B.)
Ruler: Anthony Ulrich & Rudolph Augustus (joint rule)
Denomination: Thaler (also known as Harmony Thaler)
Reference: Davenport 6395, Welter 2066, KM-577. Rare!
Mint Master: Heinrich Christoph Hille (HCH, 1689-1729)
Weight: 28,68gm
Diameter: 46mm
Material: Silver

Obverse: Draped and cuirassed busts of the two dukes right.
Legend: + D . G . RVD : AVG : ET ANTH : VLR : D . D . BRVN : ET LVN

Reverse: Crowned trophies on two pedestals and bands. Date within arabesque design, flanked by mint master´s initials below.
Legend: DVOBVS FVLCRIS SCVRIVS / R . 1697 . B


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Anthony Ulrich (German: Anton Ulrich; 4 October 1633, Hitzacker – 27 March 1714, Salzdahlum) was duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg and ruled over the Wolfenbüttel subdivision of the duchy from 1685 until 1702 jointly with his brother, and solely from 1704 until his death.

Anthony Ulrich was the second son of Augustus the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg; he studied at the University of Helmstedt. After their father's death in 1666, Rudolph Augustus, Anthony Ulrich's elder brother, became reigning duke and made Anthony Ulrich his proxy. In 1685, Rudolph Augustus made Anthony Ulrich a coregent with equal rights; Rudolph Augustus had little interest in government affairs and left most decisions to his brother.

After the Hanover subdivision of the duchy had received a new prince-electorship from the Emperor in 1692, tensions between the two states rose, as both Anthony Ulrich and Rudolph Augustus were dismayed that they had not received the electorship. While both Hanover and Lüneburg sided with Emperor Leopold I in the War of the Spanish Succession, Anthony Ulrich decided to enter into an agreement with France. This led to Hanover and Lüneburg invading the Principality of Wolfenbüttel in March 1702; Anthony Ulrich was almost captured while travelling from Wolfenbüttel to Brunswick. By order of the Emperor, Anthony Ulrich was deposed as duke against his brother's protestations, and Rudolph Augustus remained as the only ruler, while Anthony Ulrich fled to Saxe-Gotha. In April 1702, Rudolph Augustus signed a treaty with Hanover and Lüneburg that Anthony Ulrich later agreed to.

After Rudolph Augustus' death in 1704, Anthony Ulrich took over government again. He continued to settle various disputes with Hanover, until a final agreement between the two sister principalities was reached in 1706.

In 1709, Anthony Ulrich converted to the Roman Catholic Church, but guaranteed to his subjects that this would not influence his government, although he allowed the opening of the first Catholic church in his state. He died at Schloss Salzdahlum, which he had built, in 1714, and was succeeded by his eldest surviving son, Augustus William.

Anthony Ulrich is known as a supporter of scholarship and the arts. He significantly extended the Bibliotheca Augusta, a library founded by his father. He hired the philosopher Leibniz as a librarian, and was a supporter of Anton Wilhelm Amo, the first black Doctor of Philosophy in Europe. He wrote two novels and a number of poems, and had a large art collection, which later became the foundation of the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum (Duke Anthony Ulrich Museum).

Rudolph Augustus (16 May 1627, Hitzacker – 26 January 1704) was duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg from 1666 until his death. He ruled over the Wolfenbüttel subdivision of the duchy. In 1685, he made his younger brother Anthony Ulrich his co-regent.

Rudolph Augustus was the son of Augustus the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

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