Bamberg 1628 ducat Fr-162

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30052
Bamberg 1628 ducat rev H3029-30052.jpg
Bishopric of Bamberg in 1789, from Putzger's 1905 atlas

This specimen was lot 30052 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $21,150. The catalog description[1] noted, "One of Only 100 Minted Bamberg. Johann Georg II Fuchs von Dornheim gold Ducat 1628, AU58 NGC. Obv. Bust of the Bishop 3/4 facing. Rev. Heinrich and Kunigunde holding a model of the cathedral. A very nice example of this exceedingly rare ducat. The surfaces are free of detracting flaws, and only a bit of earthen residue remains in the legend. The mintage is noted as a minuscule 100 pieces. Bamberg, a city in Bavaria, was a Catholic Diocese ruled by bishops during the 17th century. In this one city, the witch trials cost the lives of approximately one thousand people. Ex: 'Colonel' E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman/B.G. Johnson." Bamberg, today part of Bavaria, was then part of Franconia and an independent state. In the seventeenth century the bishop was usually also bishop of Wurzburg and resided there.

Recorded mintage: c. 100.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 24, Fr-162.


  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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