Denmark: The Gluckstadt Duchy. Christian V (1670-1699) AR 2 Skillings 1694. AVF

World Coins - Denmark: The Gluckstadt Duchy. Christian V (1670-1699) AR 2 Skillings 1694. AVF
zoom view
Country Denmark: The Gluckstadt Duchy. 

Reign King Christian V (1670-1699)
Denomination 2 Skillings
Date Struck 1694
Mint Gluckstadt
Obv: King's bust right
Rev: Value in center.
Weight 1.1 gm.
Diameter 18 mm
Reference KM78
Grade AVF, waved.

Historical Info:
Gl�ckstadt was founded in 1617 on the marsh lands along the Elbe by the Duke of Holstein, King Christian IV of Denmark, who had levees and fortifications built as well as a ducal residence. Its name translates to English literally as "Luck City" or "Fortune City". As Christian IV promised the settlers tax exemption and freedom of religion, Gl�ckstadt soon became an important trading centre, intended to compete with the Imperial city of Hamburg, located upstream on the Elbe. After the king had interfered in the Thirty Years' War the town in 1627/28 was besieged for fifteen weeks by the united Imperial and Catholic troops under the command of Albrecht von Wallenstein and Count Tilly, though without success.
In 1649 Christian's son and successor King Frederick III of Denmark had the seat of the Holstein administration moved to Gl�ckstadt, whereafter the duchy became known as Holstein-Gl�ckstadt. In 1773 the town was the capital of all Holstein lands, when the lands of the Holstein-Gottorp line were finally incorporated. During the War of the Sixth Coalition in 1814 Gl�ckstadt was blockaded by the allies and capitulated, whereupon its fortifications were demolished. In 1830 it was made a free port.
Holstein-Gl�ckstadt remained a possession of the Danish Crown until its defeat in the Second Schleswig War of 1864. It was occupied by Austria, but finally incorporated into the Prussian Province of Schleswig-Holstein in the aftermath of the 1866 Austro-Prussian War.
Heinrich Gravert Schmidt, son of Jacob Gravert Kleinfinger and Gesche Schmidt, was the main "Schlachtermeister" (butcher) on Schleswig-Holstein, exporting processed meat to America since 1830 to 1886. This trade was continued until 1907 with the help of his son Captain Ferdinand Gravert Borchers, being involved in the nitrate ocean race from South America, where his descendant Captain Alex Gravert Salcedo keeps the maritime tradition managing tankers and offshore vessels.
Price SKU: 13409cte
US$ 22.00
  • € 19.39
  • £ 17.13
  • AUD 30.29
  • CHF 22.16
  • CAD 29.00

Rates for: 11/16/18

Ships from: United States
Sold