Obverse: LUDWIG II GROSHERZOG VON HESSEN • Ludwig or Louis II.
Ludwig II became Grand Duke of Hesse-Darmstadt upon the death of his father Ludwig I in 1830. His reign came to an end during the “Revolutions of 1848” when he abdicated to his son Ludwig III.
Reverse: 3½ GULDEN • 2 THALER • VII EINE FEINE MARK • VEREINS • MÜNZE • 1840 • Oak wreath.
This coin only saw a few hands before it got put away. Not many of these survived all the intervening melting pots.
One of the earliest attempts to standardize the coinage of Europe led to the “Munich Coin Treaty” of 1837 and then the “Dresden Coinage Convention” of 1838, both of which Hesse-Darmstadt agreed to. It set standard values and cemented the relationship between the Thaler and the Gulden in most of the numerous “German States.” This coin has edge lettering stating that it adheres to the convention.
Note: Even though it has been professionally graded, that is just an opinion and grading is subjective, so please see the pictures and judge for yourself.