Austria 1657 ducat Fr-224a

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Künker sale 294, lot 3411
This specimen was lot 3411 in Künker sale 294 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €3,000 (about US$4,044 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"RÖMISCH-DEUTSCHES REICH, Ferdinand III. 1625-1637-1657. Dukat 1657, Wien. GOLD. Von größter Seltenheit. Nur 3 Exemplare bekannt. Winz. Randfehler, sehr schön. (Holy Roman Empire, Ferdinand III, 1637-57, ducat of 1657, Vienna mint. Very rare, only three examples known. Small edge defects, very fine.)"
We don't see this type listed in the SCWC. Ferdinand died in 1657, so his issues for the year are likely few.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold; this specimen is 3.39 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-224 a; Herinek 210.


  • 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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