Austria (1477-84) goldgulden Fr-6

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3440
This specimen was lot 3440 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €1,800 (about US$2,325 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Erzherzog Sigismund, der Münzreiche, 1446-1496. Goldgulden o. J. (1477/1484), Hall. Stempel von Konrad Michlfelder. GOLD. Sehr schön. (Tyrol, archduke Sigismund, 1446-96, undated gold gulden of the Hall mint. Very fine.)

Erzherzog Sigismund, *26.10.1427 Innsbruck, Ó04.03.1496 Innsbruck, war der Sohn Friedrichs IV. der durch permanente Geldnot den Beinamen "mit der leeren Tasche" erhielt. Erst 1446 wurde Sigismund aus der Vormundschaft Kaiser Friedrichs III. entlassen. Seit dem 8. Dezember 1486 führte er den Titel Erzherzog. Er schloß die Münzstätte in Meran und eröffnete die Münzstätte Hall bei Innsbruck, die sich rasch zu einer der modernsten und produktivsten Münzstätten weltweit entwickeln sollte. Durch die reichen Silberbergwerke Tirols (vor allem in Schwaz) wurde seine umfassende Geldreform ermöglicht, die ihm den Beinamen "der Münzreiche" einbrachte. Am 16. März 1490 überließ er Tirol und die Vorlande seinem Vetter Maximilian I. (archduke Sigismund, born 1427 in Innsbruck, died 1496 in Innsbruck, was the son of Frederick IV. Best by permanent financial difficulties, he was nicknamed "the empty pockets". Only in 1446 was Sigismund dismissed from the tutelage of the Emperor Frederick III. Since December 8, 1486 he was given the title Archduke. He closed the mint in Merano and opened the mint at Hall near Innsbruck, which rapidly became one of the most modern and productive mints worldwide. Through the rich silver mines of Tyrol (especially in Schwaz) and its comprehensive monetary reform enabled him to change his nickname to "the Rich". On March 16, 1490, he left Tyrol and the lands in Swabia to his cousin Maximilian I.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: gold, this specimen 3,31 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-6; M./T. 46.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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