Basel 1740 5 ducats Fr-62

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Sincona sale 5, lot 35
This specimen was lot 35 in Sincona sale 5 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 21,000 CHF (about US$25,841 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SCHWEIZ Basel 5 Dukaten 1740. Stempel von Johann Jakob Handmann. Av. Die acht Vogteiwappen über der Stadtansicht, im Abschnitt Füllhorn, Jahreszahl und Signatur. Rv. Basilisk mit geschweiften Wappen nach links. Äusserst selten und prachtvolle Erhaltung. Fast FDC. (Switzerland, canton of Basel, five ducats of 1740. Dies by Johann Jakob Handmann. Obverse: arms of the wards over city view, date and engraver's initials below; reverse: basilisk supports the city arms to left. Of the highest rarity and condition, choice uncirculated)"
All the gold coins of Basel are rare; this one is not listed in the SCWC.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 17.5 g, .986 fine gold; this specimen is 17,24 g.

Catalog reference: Divo/Tobler 768, Anm, HMZ 2-102c, Anm. Friedberg 62.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 5, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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