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Germany German States 1811 Prince Karl I of Isenburg Taler Carl Furst Thaler Silver NGC VF-35 Crown - MINTAGE 100

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An unbelievable rarity - only 100 minted, and far fewer than that survive today! The 1811 silver taler of Prince Carl I of Isenburg enjoys a special place in numismatic lore! Utterly original and attractive, get this thaler while you still can. A truly rare opportunity for the crown type collector or astute investor!

Sold out at the Mint!The coins of the tiny German principality of Isenburg are seldom offered today - very, very few of any denomination survive. Yet none are rarer than the silver taler of Prince Carl I. Issued in 1811, only one hundred (yes, you read that right - only 100) were struck. How rare is this crown? One of these numismatic delicacies surfaces in the market, on average, every 3 to 5 years! Based on this, we would estimate that fewer than 50 still survive in any condition. Further adding to the allure, this thaler was only struck once, in 1811; a one-year type, there are no other dates available to collectors. An unbelievable, bona fide rarity!

This particular coin is a no-problems, lightly circulated example, conservatively graded very fine (VF-35) by NGC; we believe this example is really about XF-40. Carl's portrait is in admirable relief, rising above the field higher than portraits on modern crowns. The attractive, medium gray toning attests to the coin's originality.

This example is perfect for a world crown collector who wants an unfathomable rarity. And if you're assembling a type set of world crowns or German thalers, well, better not let this opportunity pass you by! Of course, any investment-minded numismatist who notes how few and far between the coins of Isenburg are should salivate over its future prospects, and be desirous of adding it to his or her portfolio.

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The County and Principality of Isenburg
The lands of the counts (and later, princes) of Isenburg lay on both sides of the Main River, to the east of Frankfurt. The dynasty traces its lineage back to the 10th century (!), and began issuing coinage in the mid-13th century (!!). The county underwent many divisions in the Middle Ages, but by the early 17th century only one dominant branch was producing coins. This was Isenburg-Birstein, divided once again into to branches in 1635. Isenburg-Offenbach-Birstein was elevated to the rank of principality in 1744, and all other branches had to relinquish their sovereignty to his descendant, Prince Karl I, in 1806. Karl began issuing coinage with his own portrait on it at that time, including this silver thaler in 1811. Unfortunately, Karl I lost his sole leadership in 1813 because he sided with Napoleon.

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KM #48. Bust portrait of Prince Carl I facing left. Legend reads CARL FURST ZU ISENBURG.

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Obverse
Bust portrait of Prince Carl I facing left. Legend reads CARL FURST ZU ISENBURG.

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Reverse
Denomination and date within laurel wreath. Legend reads 16 EINE FEINE MARK • 1811.

Specifications
Country Germany - German States
Isenburg
Year of Issue 1811
   
Face Value One Taler (Thaler)
Weight ??? g
Diameter 45.00 mm
   
Finish Circulation
Composition Silver
Edge Not visible
   
Grade NGC VF-35

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