Austria (1632-62) 2 ducats Fr-242

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30004
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This specimen was lot 30004 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $5,287.50. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Ferdinand Charles 2 Ducats A Special Opportunity to Acquire an Austrian Rarity Ferdinand Charles gold 2 Ducats ND (1632-62), Hall mint, AU Details (Mount Removed) NGC. Ornately engraved with the obverse detailing a portrait of long-haired Ferdinand Charles in formal garment with the Order of the Golden Fleece around his neck. On the reverse sits a Tyrolean eagle. Labeled 'excessively rare' on Newman's envelope and apparently accurate still, as a search yields no other recently sold examples. The present piece, certainly used as an ornamental decoration in the past, was heavily cleaned at one time with muted luster as a result and a delicate reddish tone residing around the protected areas. Despite the obvious imperfections, all the crucial detail remains pleasingly sharp, and for the seeker of absolute rarity, this qualifying example would certainly be an admirable and important collection addition."
This prince, the last archduke permitted to mint coinage, issued gold coins in the denominations of half, one, two, five and six ducats, all rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 7 g, .986 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 789, Fr-242.


  • 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.
  • [1]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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