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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



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

To Anhalt-Dessau 1562.

Princes of Anhalt-Köthen 1603–1806

  • Louis 1603–1650
    • [[Augustus, Prince of Anhalt-Plötzkau|Augustus
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