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ECKERNFÖRDE 1921 "Battle of Eckernförde, April 5, 1849" complete series Notgeld Germany

$ 8.95

During the First Schleswig War, the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein declared their independence from Denmark in 1848. I also have for sale an incredibly rare 1848 1 Thaler note issued by the newly-created Schleswig-Holstein at the very moment of its independence.

The year 1848 was a year of revolution throughout Germany, revolutions which ended in disappointment. This First Schleswig War was no different, as Denmark would successfully put down the rebellious pro-German rebels, even though they were backed by Prussia.

This particular battle, however, was a victory for the forces of Schleswig-Holstein, largely due to the installation of two artillery batteries from Prussia along the coastline. When Denmark sent two ships to make a beachhead for invasion, the ships were hit by artillery fire and rendered inoperable, as depicted on the 1 Mark note. There were considerable casualties on the Danish side, with only a handful killed among the Schleswig-Holsteiners.

Nonetheless, after the Schleswig-Holstein commander Ludwig Theodor Preußer boarded one of the ships, the Christian VIII (named after the King of Denmark whose death had originally provided the spark that began the First Schleswig War in 1848), the ship blew up under unexplained circumstances, killing the officer who had played such a decisive role in the battle. This explosion is shown on the front of the 1 Mark note.

The other ship, the Gefion, was captured, rechristened the SMS Eckernförde, and put into service by the Prussian navy.

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