101381 | GERMANY. Braunschweig-Lüneburg. Mining silver Medal.
101381 | GERMANY. Braunschweig-Lüneburg. Mining silver Medal. Issued 1975 by Clausthal University of Technology for their 200th anniversary (40mm, 25.03 g, 12h). Partially after a medallic 3 taler from circa 1685 by H. Bonhorst.
AVREA HERCINIAE STERILITAS, mining scene with cross-section revealing inner workings: horse powered whim gin, with various miners at work below ground; to left and right, fir tree around which curl cornuacopiae emptying coins; DITESCIT AB IMO / HB in two lines in exergue / TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT / 1775 BERG~UND HÜTTENSCHULE 1975, 200 JAHRE / in / CLAUSTHAL in three lines between mining symbols of the university. Edge: Plain.
Cf. Fiala 2301 (for prototype); cf. Müseler 10.4.3.3b (same). Choice Gem Mint State. Exceptionally brilliant and prooflike, with an iridescent tone near the peripheries. Includes original case of issue.
During the 1970's and into the very early 1990's, the firm Preussag AG commissioned the restriking of various historical coins and medals from the region, many of which featured mining scenes from the 17th and 18th centuries. Though exact mintages haven't been discovered by this cataloger, nearly all of the issues appear to be rather rare. Additionally, they offer a chance to acquire pieces that, in terms of the originals, do not appear for sale very often, and, when they do, are not in the greatest states of preservation.
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