Austria 1754-PR ducat Fr-428

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Jean Elsen sale 114, lot 975
Austria 1754 ducat rev JElsen 114-975.jpg
This specimen was lot 975 in Jean Elsen sale 114 (Brussels, September 2012) where it sold for €2500 (about US$3,864 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"SAINT EMPIRE, François Ier (1745-1765), AV ducat, 1754 PR, Prague. Droit: B. l. à droite. Revers: Aigle impériale couronnée. Rare. Très Beau. (Holy Roman Empire, Francis I (1745-65), gold ducat of 1754, Prague mint. Obverse: laureate bust to right; reverse: crowned imperial eagle. Rare, very fine.)"
This type was struck 1745-65 from Vienna (WI), Hall (HA), Nagybanya (NB), Karlsburg (CA), Graz (GR) and Prague (PR, shown here) but is not common. On the death of Charles VI in 1740, the redoubtable Maria Theresia was crowned Archduchess of Austria and queen of Hungary but, being a woman, could not be given the imperial crown. Therefore, after much debate and a war fomented by Frederick the Great of Prussia, her husband Francis of Lorraine was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 1745.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.49 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3,46 g.

Catalog reference: Her., 64; Eypeltauer, 617; Dietiker, 1101; Fr-428, KM 1725.2.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 114, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2012.

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