Austria 1647 2 ducats Fr-233
This specimen was lot 30005 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $28,200. The catalog description noted, "1647 Ferdinand III 2 Ducats Seldom Found in Such Condition Ferdinand III gold 2 Ducats 1647, Graz mint, Fr-206, MS62 NGC. Obv. Emperor standing, facing, holding orb and scepter. Rev. Crowned arms with date above. Shimmering luster with no flaws worthy of concern. Very rare in this Choice condition. Ferdinand III was born in Graz. He was the Holy Roman Emperor during a large part of the Thirty Years' War, and with the great help of his envoy Maximilian von und zu Trauttmansdorff, successfully brought the conflict to a conclusion. Ex: 'Colonel' E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman/B.G. Johnson." This emperor issued gold coins in the denominations of half thru twenty ducats, many rare. Altho the auction cataloguer attributed this specimen to Fr-206, we assign this to Fr-233, described in Friedberg as having "Ruler standing with orb and sceptre/Rv. Double eagle."
Specification: 7 g, .986 fine gold.
Catalog reference: KM 973, Fr-233.
- 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.
- 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.