Austria (1649) ducat Fr-243

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Künker sale 294, lot 3409
This specimen was lot 3409 in Künker sale 294 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €13,000 (about US$17,522 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"RÖMISCH-DEUTSCHES REICH, Erzherzog Ferdinand Karl, 1632-1662. Dukat o. J. (1649), Hall. FERD : CA : D : G : - · ARC : AV : Geharnischtes Brustbild r. mit umgelegtem Mantel und der Kette des Ordens vom Goldenen Vlies//DVX · BVRGVNDIÆ - COMES · TYROLIS : Gekröntes, ovales und verziertes, mehrfeldiges Wappen, umher die Kette des Ordens vom Goldenen Vlies. GOLD. Von allergrößter Seltenheit. Winz. Randfehler, vorzüglich. (Holy Roman Empire, archduke Ferdinand Charles, 1632-62, undated ducat, Hall mint. Obverse: armored, mantled bust with the Order of the Golden Fleece; reverse: crowned, quartered arms, Order of the Golden Fleece around. Very rare, edge defects, extremely fine.)"
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: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold; this specimen is 3.47 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-243; M./T. 524, KM 808.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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, Katalog 294: Goldprägungen | Deutsche Münzen ab 1871 | Russische Münzen und Medaillen, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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