Basel (1433-37) goldgulden Fr-4

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3295
This specimen was lot 3295 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €340 (about US$439 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BASEL Stadt. Goldgulden o. J. (1433-1437), mit Titel Sigismunds als Kaiser. GOLD. Min. Schrötlingsfehler im Rand, sehr schön. (city of Basel, undated gold gulden in the name of Sigismund as emperor. Small edge cracks, very fine.)"
Altho the Swiss cantons had won de facto independence from the Empire by the late fifteenth century, the fact was not officially recognized until 1648, when the confederation left the empire by the treaties of Westphalia which ended the Thirty Years War. This type is fairly common for a late medieval gold coin.

Recorded mintage: unknown but somewhat common.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold; this specimen 3,42 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-4; Winterstein 78; HMZ 2-49 b.


  • 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.
  • Richter, Juerg, and Ruedi Kunzmann, Neuer HMZ-Katalog, Band 2: Die Münzen der Schweiz und Liechtensteins 15//16. Jahrhundert bis Gegenwart, Regenstauf, Germany: H. Gietl Verlag GmbH, 2006.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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