Basel 1653 ducat Fr-51

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Goldberg sale 41, lot 4156
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4156 in Goldberg sale 41 (Beverly Hills, May 2007), where it sold for $6,325. The catalog description[1] noted, "Basel. Ducat, 1653. City of Basel. Obv: Variety with decorative cartouche. Leg: DVCATVS / NOVVS/ REIPVB: / BASILEE/ NSIS. Reverse: Spread eagle facing right holding shield and arms. Leg: * DOMINE. CONSERVA. NOS. IN. PACE. 1653. Rare. NGC graded MS-64." This one year type is another rare and expensive issue from this Swiss canton.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold; this specimen 3.41 grams, 22.15 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Fr-51; KM-106.


  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 41: the Pre-Long Beach Sale, Beverly Hills: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2007.
  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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.

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