Austria 1659 5 ducats Fr-265

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Sincona sale 25, lot 2058
This specimen was lot 2058 in Sincona sale 25 (Zurich, October 2015), where it sold for 34,000 CHF (about US$41,998 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Leopold I. 1657-1705 5 Ducats 1659. Prague Mintmaster Christoph Margalik. LEOPOLDVS- D:G:RO: IMPER:S:A: Draped, armoured bust, laureate, to r. On his breast the Order of the Golden Fleece. Rev. GER-HVN-BOHE (mmk.) MIAE-REX-A° Crowned double eagle with crowned Bohemian arms on breast. Extremely rare. Good extremely fine."
Five ducat gold pieces were struck for the emperor in Prague throughout the seventeenth century tho none are common. This issue of 1659 and 1661 is among the more available types.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 17.5 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 17.24 g.

Catalog reference: Dietiker 923. Herinek 104. Fr-265, KM 502 (listed under Bohemia).


  • 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]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Rarities, Auction 25, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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