Basel (1790) goldgulden Fr-31

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Stack's Bowers ANA sale, lor 1619
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 1619 in Stack's Bowers ANA auction (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,645. The catalog description[1] noted, "SWITZERLAND. Basel. Goldgulden, ND (1790). NGC MS-63. Nice mint luster." The goldgulden, struck in many localities in Central Europe, was normally equal to a ducat. If the SCWC is correct, Basel struck this goldgulden to a much heavier standard and to make things more confusing, issued two different types in 1790, both undated. The canton also struck ducats to the usual 3.5 g standard. All are expensive.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 7.64 g, .900 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-31; KM-182; HMZ-98.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2014 Chicago ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the David O'Harrow Collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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