1876 DE 1876 GERMANY GERMAN STATES BADEN Duke Friedrich I 2 Mark Good Uncertified
1876 GERMANY GERMAN STATES BADEN Duke Friedrich I ANTIQUE Silver 2Kr Coin i87497
Authentic Coin of:
Germany – German States – Baden
Frederick I – Grand Duke: 22 January 1856 – 28 September 1907
1742 Silver 2 Kreuzer 18mm (0.81 grams)
Reference: KM# 88, Schn DM# 30
BADEN DURLACH, Coat-of-arms within crowned mantle.
2 KREU ZER, Value and date within cartouche.
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Frederick I (Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig) (9 September 1826 – 28 September 1907) was the sovereign Grand Duke of Baden reigning from 1856 to 1907.
Frederick was born in Karlsruhe on 9 September 1826. He was the third son of Grand Duke Leopold (1790-1852) and of his wife, Grand Duchess Sophie (1801-1865), who was born Princess of Sweden, daughter of King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden.
He became the heir presumptive to the Grand Duchy upon the death of his father in 1852 and the accession of his brother as Grand Duke Louis II. Due to his brother’s mental ill-health, he was regent ad interim of Baden in 1852-1855, and took the title of Grand Duke in 1856. His brother, Louis II, died in 1858. He was considered a relatively liberal supporter of a constitutional monarchy. During his reign the option of civil marriages was introduced in Baden as well as direct elections to the Lower House of the Parliament of Baden in 1904.
In 1856, he married Princess Louise, daughter of Prince Wilhelm of Prussia and his wife, Augusta of Saxe-Weimar. The couple had three children.
The Grand Duke had a pivotal role in the history of the Zionist Movement. In 1896 the Grand Duke met Theodor Herzl (the founder of political Zionism) via their mutual acquaintance the reverend William Hechler, and helped Herzl in obtaining an audience with his nephew, the German Emperor. After some persua