Basel 1513 goldgulden Fr-16

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Sincona sale 43, lot 4128
This specimen was lot 4128 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 6,000 CHF (about US$7,160 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SWITZERLAND, Stadt und Kanton Basel, Goldgulden 1513. Basler Wappen auf Ankerkreuz. Rv. Madonna mit Christuskind. Sehr selten. Fast sehr schön. Leicht gewellt. (canton of Basel, goldgulden of 1513. Obverse: city arms on a long armed cross; reverse: Madonna and Child standing in a Glory. Very rare, About very fine, Slightly wavy.)"
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 1513 only.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.25 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3.18 g.

Catalog reference: Winterstein (Goldgulden) 225, HMZ 2-58b. Fr-16.


  • 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]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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