In the ongoing effort to keep the Coin & Paper Money chatting board 'alive', el Heron presents
information regarding another recent addition to the old collection. Another 'S' coin!:
[Recent being Friday 17 Oct. 2014].
Town of Schmalkalden - 1 Heller - Copper - 1743 - 17.5mm dia.
OBVERSE: Crowned Monogram FR, for Friedrich I of Hesse-Kassel, ruler 1730-1751.
[Also King of Sweden].
This Crowned Monogram is almost identical to the Crowned Monogram FR that appears
on the 1 Heller of Hesse-Kassel dated 1743. There were 4 issues of the H-K 1 Heller with dates
of 1730, 1743, 1744, and 1748.
Another difference is the 6 pointed star at 6 oclock on the Schmalkalden 1 Heller of 1743.
There is no 'star' on the Hesse-Kassel issue.
There is no 'coat of arms' depicted on this coin. We then also rely on the reverse for ID.
This is self explanatory as the SCHMALK. indicates that this is a SCHMALKALDEN Heller
rather than a HESSE-KASSEL Heller. In other words 'One Schmalkalden Heller'.
We could presume that these 2 One Heller coins circulated side by each, however, since el
Heron was NOT there during that time period there he has no evidence to support this presumption.
Anyone that was there please contribute info.
Cat. Nummers: KM7 and C1.
Information re Town of Schmalkalden: Located at the Schmalkalde River in S.W. Thuringia.
Now in Kreis Schmalkalden-Meiningen Staat Thuringia. The River also known as the
First mentioned in a Deed dated 874.
Received 'Town' status in about 1180.
Town acquired by Henneburg 1247.
Joint rule with Hesse 1360.
To the Landgrave Hesse-Kassel 1583.
To Prussia 1866. Part of Prussian Province of Hesse-Nassau.
Incorporated into Province of Saxony 1944.
To Staat Thuringia 1945. Part of East Germany until re-unification with W. Germany.
Population in 2010 was 19,978.
An interesting history for Schmalkalden folks. They hardly ever knew what
province they might be in at any given time!
Standard Cat. Germanian coins -KM.
List of Holy Roman Empire 'states' Wikitpedia.
Town of Smalcalta.
NGC world coin site.
Schmalkalden Map/Germany Google Satellite.
City Portrait Schmalkalden www study in Germany org/city.
Yes, collecting World Coins can be fun, especially the research involved.
What a great hobby! Leave us continue to keep this chatting board alive.
Seems to me when a person is a buyer of coins,the coins are top dollar.When a person wants to sell coins they all-of-a-sudden are virtually worthless.
Just recently attempted to sell a rare coin,listed with a $ .99 start,free shipping and no reserve. After a day my add had only five views,no bids,I removed the add so someone didn't snipe it off for the .99 starting price when the coin is worth $250-$350 by the guide. I would have actually gave the coin away for free and also paid for free delivery of this coin.
Is this the way with all coins? Are they virtually worthless unless your the one buying? I have bought no less than 20k worth of coins over the last few years and probably could not get $1000 for the whole works from a dealer.
Is this a false market that is only profitable for people taking advantage of the not so informed?
I feel like I have been taken' for a ride. Is the coin markey merely a well devised scam?
I am starting to feel that way.