Principality of Lippe

Fürstentum Lippe (German)

Coat of arms of Lower Saxony 11231918 Flagge Fürstentum Lippe
Flagge Fürstentum Lippe
Wappen Deutsches Reich - Fürstentum Lippe
Coat of arms





Lippe thaler



-Disestablishment of the Holy Roman Empire


-Joined the German Confederation


-Ceded to the German Empire




The Principality of Lippe (German: Fürstentum Lippe), later Lippe-Detmold, was a historical state of the Holy Roman Empire, German Confederation, and the German Empire.


The founder of the Principality received a grant of the territory in 1123 by Holy Roman Emperor, Lothair III. Bernard I assumed the title of Lord of Lippe.

After the death of Lord Simon VI, the principality was divided into three counties: Lippe-Detmold, Lippe-Brake, and Lippe-Alverdissen.

After the disestablishment of the Holy Roman Empire, the Principality of Lippe eventually joined the German Confederation, and then the German Empire in 1871. It came to an end on November 12, 1918, when Leopold IV relinquished his authority, and it became a Free State.


LIP 1268 - 1 Pfennig (Sterling)

A coin from the reign of Bernard IV.

Coins for the Principality of Lippe were issued not long after its establishment. Being a state of the Holy Roman Empire at first, and then a member of the German Confederation, Lippe had issued its own currency, the Lippe thaler until 1873, when the gold mark of the German Empire was introduced. However, afterward, the Principality of Lippe was given the authority to produce a 2 and 3 gold mark coin displaying its leader at the time, Leopold IV.

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