The Stick Horse Klippe of 1650: The "Hobby Horse Regiment"

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Hus.thaler, Feb 21, 2020.

  1. Hus.thaler

    Hus.thaler Well-Known Member

    So I know that I have seen folks here post versions of this little Nurnberg klippe medal before, and it is not uncommon to see it pop up in European auctions a few times a year, but I have always wondered about it. This medalet commemorates the end of the 30 Years' War and the Peace of Westphalia, so why in God's green earth does a coin commemorating one of the bloodiest European conflicts in all history have a kid on a stick horse?

    Well, I finally won one at an auction and did some google searching. First the medal, then the article:
    20200221_224009.jpg 20200221_224026.jpg Hobby Horse Regiment.png

    So, just in case there was ever anybody else who wondered about this little piece, now you know the rest of the story.
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  3. The Eidolon

    The Eidolon Well-Known Member

    Neat medal! The book looks like it might have it's date digits transposed and have 1560 instead of 1650. I think the 30 Years' War was 1618-1648.
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  4. Hus.thaler

    Hus.thaler Well-Known Member

    Exactly, Harper's Weekly's editor missed that one.
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  5. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

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  6. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    Congrats! I have always loved this type!

    The first I had was a holed example, which was one of my favorite pieces in my "Holey Coin Vest" collection.


    In more recent years I had one which I bought from @H8_modern, which subsequently graded MS62 at PCGS.

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