Austria 1648-GH 2 ducats Fr-223

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3450
This specimen was lot 3450 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €4,200 (about US$5,426 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Ferdinand III. 1625-1637-1657. 2 Dukaten 1648, GH, Breslau. Wardein Georg Hübner. GOLD. Min. Schrötlingsfehler, min. Henkelspur, sonst sehr schön-vorzüglich/vorzüglich. (Austria, Ferdinand III, 1637-57, double ducat of 1648, Breslau mint. A few planchet flaws, a small mount mark, nice very fine to extremely fine.)

Ferdinand III. Sohn Ferdinands II. und Anna Marias von Bayern, *1609 in Graz, Ó1657 in Wien, wurde schon 1625 zum König von Ungarn und 1627 zum König von Böhmen gekrönt. Seit der Ermordung Wallensteins 1634 führte er das Oberkommando über die kaiserlichen Heere. Nach dem Tod seines Vaters 1637 folgte er ihm als Kaiser. Von da an arbeitete er auf den Friedenskongreß hin, der 1644 in Münster und Osnabrück eröffnet wurde und 1648 zum Westfälischen Frieden führte. Auf dem Regensburger Reichstag von 1653 erreichte er die Königswahl seines Sohnes Ferdinand, der jedoch vor ihm starb. Nach dem Friedensschluß bemühte er sich besonders um den Wiederaufbau in Böhmen und stärkte das deutsche Element in der Bevölkerung, indem er Kolonisten aus dem katholischen Süden Deutschlands ins Land zog. Insbesondere wurde der Adel weitgehend erneuert; dies setzte sich unter seinem Nachfolger Leopold I. fort. (Ferdinand III, son of Ferdinand II and Ana Maria of Bavaria, born 1609 in Graz, died 1657 in Vienna, became king of Hungary in 1625 and was crowned king of Bohemia in 1627. In 1634, after the assassination of Wallenstein, he assumed overall command of the imperial forces. On the death of his father in 1637, he became Holy Roman Emperor. From then on, he worked toward the peace congress, which was opened in Münster and Osnabrück in 1644 and 1648 led to the Peace of Westphalia. At the Diet of Regensburg 1653 he obtained the election of his son Ferdinand as king, who, however, died before him. After the conclusion of peace, he concentrated on the reconstruction in Bohemia, strengthening the German element in the population, by attracting settlers from Catholic southern Germany into the country. In particular, the nobility was largely restored; this policy continued under his successor Leopold I.)"

We can't find this type listed in the SCWC, under Austria, Bohemia or Breslau. Friedberg lists this type for 1641-51.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 7 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 6.91 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-223; F. u. S. -; Herinek 176.

Source:

  • 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]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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