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Principality (Duchy) of Anhalt-Köthen
Fürstentum (Herzogtum) Anhalt-Köthen
State of the Holy Roman Empire
Member of the Confederation of the Rhine
Member of the German Confederation
Blason Principauté d'Anhalt-Zerbst (XVIIIe siècle).svg


Flag Coat of arms
Capital Köthen
Government Principality
Historical era Middle Ages
 -  Partitioned from
1396 1396
 -  Inherited by Anhalt-Dessau 1552
 -  Partitioned from
 -  Partitioned to create
 -  Raised to duchy 1806
 -  Merged with
1847 1863
 -  Duchy of Anhalt reunited 1863
Today part of  Germany
Coat of arms of Duchy (1846)

Anhalt-Köthen has existed on two separate occasions. The first state was created in 1396 when the Anhalt-Zerbst was partitioned between Anhalt-Dessau and Anhalt-Köthen. The first creation lasted until 1552 when it was inherited by Anhalt-Dessau.

It was created for a second time in 1603 with the partition of Anhalt-Zerbst. With the death of Prince Augustus Louis in 1774 the principality was split, with the new state of Anhalt-Pless being created.

In 1806 Anhalt-Köthen was raised to a Duchy. With the death of Duke Henry on 23 November 1847 the Anhalt-Köthen line became extinct and its territories were united to Anhalt-Dessau by patent of 22 May 1853.[1]

Princes of Anhalt-Köthen 1396–1561[edit]

To Anhalt-Dessau 1562.

Princes of Anhalt-Köthen 1603–1806[edit]

Raised to Duchy 1806.

Dukes of Anhalt-Köthen 1806-1847[edit]

To Anhalt-Dessau 1847.


  1. ^ Hertslet 1875, p. 245.