Austria (1508) ducat Fr-6

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Goldberg sale 41, lot 3974
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles
Heritage sale 3029, lot 30324
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The first specimen was lot 3974 in Goldberg sale 41 (Beverly Hills, May 2007), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Austria. Goldgulden, ND. Archduke Sigismund, 1439-1496. Posthumous, minted after 1508. Tyrol. Obv. Standing Archduke, head breaking legend at top, holding sword and short scepter. Leg: SIGISM.ARCHI - DUX. AUSTRIE. Reverse: Arms of Austria, Karten, Steirmark & Tyrol in angles of floriate cross. Leg: +MONETA.AUREA.COMITIS.TIROL. Very Scarce. NGC graded EF-45. This coin is a departure from the earlier types in that a secular figure (Archduke Sigismund), replaces a religious figure (St John), on the coins. Perhaps an indication of the trend towards secularization in Europe at the time." The second specimen was lot 30324 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $1,057.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "Archduke Sigismund (1439-96) Goldgulden ND, Hall mint, VF30 NGC. • SIGISM' • ΛRCh | IDVX • ΛVSTRIЄ, crowned Archduke standing facing, a scepter in his right hand / + MOnЄTΛ • nOVΛ • ΛVRЄΛ • COMITIS • TIROL', arms in angles of floriate cross. An original example of this early gold type with light toning. There is a mild scuff in the left obverse field. Ex: 'Colonel' E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman / B.G. Johnson."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3.25 grams, 22.81 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Fr-6.


  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 41: the Pre-Long Beach Sale, Beverly Hills: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2007.
  • 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.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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