Austria 1628 5 ducats Fr-153

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Heritage sale 3081, lot 32082
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 32082 in Heritage sale 3081 (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $50,400. The catalog description[1] noted, "Austria: Appealing Mint State Ferdinand II 5 Ducat. Ferdinand II gold 5 Ducat 1628 MS61 NGC, Breslau mint. The obverse featuring the armored bust of Ferdinand with a dramatic ruff at his neck, the reverse depicting the double-headed eagle with the shields of Bohemia and Hungary at its breast; a majestic multiple ducat of fine engraving style preserved in Mint State. So many large gold types from this era were unfortunately cleaned by well-meaning past collectors - the present offering, however, boasts beautiful and reflective surfaces toned to a vibrant peach-red in the recesses, clearly perfectly original and untouched. Minor weakness is present to the very highest points, but the majority of the intricate designs remain intact. The sole certified example by NGC or PCGS, and surely amongst the finest to exist." This type was struck 1626-28, 1632-37. Altho minted in the Silesian town of Breslau, we have filed it under Austria as the coin does not mention Silesia or Breslau in the emperor's titles.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 17.50 g, 0.986 fine gold, this specimen 17.3 g.

Catalog reference: KM 660, Fr-153.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Sam Spiegel, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3081, featuring the Caranett Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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