Baden 1839 ducat Fr-152
This specimen was lot 30979 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $3,000. The catalog description noted, "Baden. Leopold I gold Ducat 1839 MS64 NGC. Highly lustrous with full mint brilliance. Truly a handsome handsome coin which will be a delight for the new owner." This type was struck in small numbers 1837-42. We don't know why the .938 alloy was used instead of the traditional .986 fineness. Note the backwards "1" in the date; this is seen in the whole series. Baden survived as a separate state until the destruction of the German empire in 1918.
Recorded mintage: 2,448.
Specification: 3.66 g, .938 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-152, KM 208.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.