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The Duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld was one of the Ernestine duchies. Ernest, who became elector of Saxony in 1464, divided his territory between his sons, andover the years more and more small duchies existed.

Duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

Herzogtum Sachsen-Coburg-Saalfeld
Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld, shown within the other Ernestine duchies
Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld, shown within the other Ernestine duchies
StatusState of the Holy Roman Empire
State of the Confederation of the Rhine
State of the German Confederation
CapitalSaalfeld until 1764,
then Coburg
Historical eraMiddle Ages
• Division of Erfurt
August 6, 1699 1699
• Duchy renamed by the decision of
Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor about
the Ernestine succession
• Lost Saalfeld, gained
    Gotha, renamed
February 11 1825 1825
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Image missing Saxe-Coburg
Image missing Saxe-Saalfeld
Saxe-Coburg-Gotha Image missing

Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld was reformed on 29 July 1735, although Coburg and Saalfeld had had the same ruler since 1699. As only men could be the rulers of the duchies, Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld ceased to exist in 1825, when the last male descendant of the dukes of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg died. The various dukes reorganised their territories. Saalfeld went the dukes of Saxe-Meiningen, Altenburg went to the Duke of Saxe-Hildburgausen, who gave Hildburghausen to the Duke of Saxe-Meiningen. Gotha and Coburg were combined into the new duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

Dukes of Saxe-Coburg-SaalfeldEdit