1063823 | GERMAN STATES. Hesse-Cassel. Wilhelm VI.
(Regent, 1637-1652). 1637 LH (Lubertus Haussmann) AR Thaler. NGC MS63.
WILHELM D. G. LANDGRAVI. HASSIAE. COM:C:D:Z:E:N: LH:. Crowned lion dividing date, star in front /
IEHOVA VOLENTE HUMILIS LEVABOR * . Tree in storm. KM 179.2; Dav.-6759.
Popular "Storm Thaler" type. Rich antique patina, some small natural planchet flaws.
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The depiction of an allegorical willow tree being blown by a storm and struck by lightning is common on the coins of Hessen-Kassel struck during the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648). During the war several armies passed through the territory, raining destruction and killing many inhabitants. In the upper right is a sun representing Jehovah, likely intended to depict God’s presence and the hope that sunshine would return. Langrave Wilhelm V, who struck this coin, was a Calvinist and supporter of Sweden during the war. For part of his reign, his territory was occupied by the forces of the Holy Roman Emperor. By the time of his death in 1637, Hessen-Kassel largely destroyed.