Bamberg 1696 5 ducats Fr-168d
This specimen was lot 30053 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $30,550. The catalog description noted, "Struck from Taler Dies Bamberg. Lothar Franz Von Schonborn gold 5 Ducats 1696-GF N, Nurnberg, struck from the taler dies of Dav-5066, AU55 NGC. Obv. Draped bust right. Rev. Crowned arms. Exceedingly rare, perhaps only one other example is known to exist. Well struck, with abundant luster, a slightly wavy flan, and a few light marks in the reverse fields. From the 13th through the early 19th century, Bamberg was a bishopric. During the rule of Lothar Franz, the city was in a wonderful state of growth and prosperity. 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. A ten ducat (Fr-168c) accompanies this issue.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 17.5 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 17.35 g.
Catalog reference: Fr-168d.
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