Austria 1629-HG 12 ducats Fr-188

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Heritage sale 3021, lot 20047
Austria c1627 12 ducats rev Heritage 3021-20047.jpg

This specimen was lot 20047 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $129,250.00. The catalog description[2] noted, "Incredible Bohemia 1629-HG Gold 12 Ducats Ferdinand III (1627-1657) Glatz mint, Armored bust right with curly hair, large ruffed collar, with chain of the Order of the Golden Fleece below / Crowned four-part arms of Hungary and Bohemia with chain of the Order of the Golden fleece around, 46 mm, MS62 PCGS. A magnificent example of this double-taler sized gold rarity. The surfaces are free of all but a few minor marks and exhibit noticeable reflectivity. The strike is superb and the full luster enhanced by a light dusting of greenish-gold patina. We can find no record of the 12 Ducats selling, but the identical type, in 10 Ducat size (with a small obverse "X" scratched in the right field), was sold in a German auction this year for more than $70,000, before commission. Exceedingly rare, and destined to be the premier piece in most any collection. From The Richard P. Ariagno Collection."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 42 g, .986 fine gold, 1.33 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Fr-188 (Rare), KM38 (Rare), Herinek 4.


  • 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.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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