Batthyani 1764 10 ducats Fr-550

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Sincona sale 43, lot 3740
This specimen was lot 3740 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 32,000 CHF (about US$38,186 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE - AUSTRIA, Batthyani, Fürstentum, Karl Josef, 1764-1772 10 Dukaten 1764. Wien Auf seine Erhebung in den Reichsfürstenstand. Geharnischtes Brustbild mit Zopf und Kette vom Goldenen Vlies. Rv. Gekröntes Wappen mit Wappenhaltern im gekrönten Wappenmantel. Von grosser Seltenheit. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. Kleine Randfehler und min. Bearbeitungsspur im Feld. (principality of Batthyani, Charles Joseph, 1764-72, ten ducats of 1764, on receiving the rank of imperial prince. Obverse: armored bust with the Order of the Golden Fleece; reverse: crowned and mantled arms. Of high rarity, Very fine-extremely fine, Minor edge nicks and a bit of tooling in the obverse fields.)"
This scarce type was minted 1764 only. A ducat (Fr-552), five ducats (Fr-551) and thaler (Dav-1182) also exist.

Recorded mintage: unknown but few.

Specification: 35 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 34.71 g.

Catalog reference: KM 5, Holzmair 6, Fr-550.


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

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