Basel 1505 goldgulden Fr-14

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Sincona sale 35, lot 5021
This specimen was lot 5021 in Sincona sale 35 (Zurich, October 2016), where it sold for 27,500 CHF (about US$32,644 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Basel | Reichsmünzstätte, Maximilian I. (1493-1508/9) Goldgulden 1505. Reichsapfel in Dreipass. Umschrift "+ o MAXIMILIARVS o ROMA o REX o"; Rv. Madonna mit Christuskind in Strahlen. Unten das Wappen von Eberhard von Königstein. Umschrift "o MONETA . N . BASILI . 1505". Von grösster Seltenheit. Vorzüglich-FDC. Prachtvolle Erhaltung. (city of Basel, imperial mint, Maximilian I, goldgulden of 1505. Obverse: imperial orb in trilobe; reverse: Madonna and Child in sunburst, arms of the mayor below. Of the highest rarity, Extremely fine to uncirculated, Magnificent condition.)"
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. Friedberg lists this rare type for 1504-09.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3.28 g.

Catalog reference: Winterstein (Goldgulden) vgl. 210 (anderer Rv.-Stempel), HMZ 2-50d, Fr-14.


  • 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]Jürg Richter, Schweizer Münzen und Medaillen vom Mittelalter bis in die Neuzeit, Auktion 35, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2016.

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