1861, Anhalt-Bernburg. Beautiful Silver “Mining” Thaler Coin. (XF-AU!) Scarce!
Mint Year: 1861 Mint Place: Berlin (A) Mintage: 10,000 pcs. Denomination: "Mining" Thaler Reference: Davenport 506, KM-88. Scarce! Condition: Bag-marks and many small scratches in fields, othewrise a nicely toned XF-AU! Weight: 18.48gm Diameter: 33mm Material: Silver
Obverse: Crowned bear walking on castle´s walls, gate below. Legend: EIN THALER XXX EIN PFUND FEIN / A Reverse: Legend in three lines ("Blessing of the Anhalt Mines, 1861.") above date (1861). Legend: ALEXANDER CARL HERZOG ZU ANHALT (crossed hammers)
Anhalt-Bernburg was a German principality whose capital was Bernburg, and existed until 1863. The principality was created in 1252 when the Principality of Anhalt was partitioned between Anhalt-Aschersleben, Anhalt-Bernburg and Anhalt-Zerbst. After the ruling family became extinct in 1468, Anhalt-Bernburg was merged with Anhalt-Zerbst. The latter was divided in 1603 among the lines of Anhalt-Dessau, Anhalt-Köthen, Anhalt-Plötzkau, Anhalt-Bernburg and Anhalt-Zerbst. In 1635 the line of Anhalt-Harzgerode, which existed to 1709, was separated from Anhalt-Bernburg. In 1718 the Principality of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym was created, and was reunited with Anhalt-Bernburg in 1812. In 1847 Anhalt-Bernburg inherited the Principality of Anhalt-Köthen. After the death of the last Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg, the principality was merged with Anhalt-Dessau.
Alexander Karl, Duke of Anhalt-Bernburg (b. Ballenstedt, 2 March 1805 – d. Hoym, 19 August 1863), was a German prince member of the House of Ascania and the last ruler of the Duchy of Anhalt-Bernburg.