Basel 1521 dicken

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Sincona sale 43, lot 4129
This specimen was lot 4129 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 14,000 CHF (about US$16,706 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Stadt und Kanton Basel, Dicken 1521. Baselstab in doppeltem Dreipass. Rv. Madonna mit Christuskind. Von grösster Seltenheit. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. Attraktives Exemplar. (city and canton of Basel, dicken of 1521; obverse: city arms in double shield; reverse: Madonna and Child. Of the highest rarity, Very fine-extremely fine, Most attractive specimen.)"
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. The dicken seems to be worth two groschen or one-third of a gulden.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 9.46 g.

Catalog reference: Ewig 325, HMZ 2-63b.


  • 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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