Leopold III


Preceeded by: Leopold II, Prince of Lippe
Reign: 1/1/1851-8/12/1875
Succeeded by: Woldemar, Prince of Lippe

William I
1860 1 Thaler
Ob. PAUL FRIEDRICH EMIL LEOPOLD FURST Z. LIPPE
Rev. EIN VEREINSTHALER XXX EIN PFUND FEIN
Edge: MUNZVERTAG VOM 24 JANUAR 1857
Silver 0.9000
Weight: 18.52g, 33mm
mintage: 26,000
Mint: Berlin
MM:
Lippe 1860 thaler


Titles: Prince of Lippe
Born: 1/9/1821
Died: 8/12/1875
Father: Leopold II
Mother: Princess Emilie of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
Married to: Princess Elisabeth of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
Children: none
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In 1854 Leopold issued two sovereign edicts. The first on 9 March placed the Catholic Church on an equal footing with the state Calvinist religion. Then second six days later on 15 March was to grant the same status to the Lutherans.

Lippe went through various changes during his reign. At his ascension the principality was a member of the German Confederation, and Leopold supported Prussia during the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. Following the war and the dissolution of the German Confederation, Lippe joined the North German Confederation on its creation in 1867. Lippe would then remain a member of the North German Confederation until the creation of the German Empire in 1871 following the Franco-Prussian War.

Prince Leopold was one of the main promoters of the creation of the Hermann monument in the Teutoburg Forest which was opened by the German Emperor William I in the summer of 1875. A few months after the unveiling of the monument Leopold died in Detmold. As Leopold was childless, his brother Woldemar succeeded him as Prince of Lippe.

The house of Lippe-Detmold is a younger branch of the family of Lippe, the ancestor of the line being Count Simon VII who lived in the 16th century. A third line, Lippe-Brake, became extinct in 1709 and it's possessions, after a long struggle of arms and a suit before the Imperial Aulic Council extending over a century were divided between the two remaining houses, the greater part falling to Detmold.

Leopold received about 10,000 annually from the civil list which was deemed to be insufficient and Leopold's father sold part of the territory to Prussia in 1850.

The army commanded by Leopold in 1863 consisted of: Click here

In 1861 the territory covered 445 square miles with 108,513 inhabitants.

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