Augsburg 1642 ducat Fr-63

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Goldberg sale 41, lot 3995
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 3995 in Goldberg sale 41 (Beverly Hills, May 2007), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Augsburg. Ducat, 1642. Standing haloed St. Afra and pyre with city crest. Leg: .S.AFRA.PROTET - AVGVSTAE.VINDEL. Reverse: In the name of Ferdinand III, 1637-1657. Crowned double eagle with arms on breast. Below are 'three omegas (horseshoes)'. Leg: Crown FERDINAND: III.D:G.ROM.IMP.S.AVG.P.F.1642. NGC graded MS-62. Augsburg was founded in 14 BC by Emperor Augustus of Rome. Hence, the name, 'Augustae' on its coins. Augsburg ws a free city of the Holy Roman Empire with the mint right conferred upon it in 1521. The name of the Emperor, Ferdinand III, is therefore found within the legend." This type was struck 1637-42 and tho not cheap, is more available than other Augsburger ducats of the seventeenth century.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3.47 grams. 21.72 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Fr-63; KM-75.


  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 41: the Pre-Long Beach Sale, Beverly Hills: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2007.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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