Bavaria 1610 4 ducats Fr-189

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3564
This specimen was lot 3564 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €2,800 (about US$3,617 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"HERZOGTUM, Maximilian I. 1598-1651. 4 Dukaten 1610, München. GOLD. Von großer Seltenheit. Schön. (Germany, duchy of Bavaria, maximilian I, 1598-1651, four ducats of 1610, Munich mint. Very rare, fine.)"
Gold coins were and are too valuable to circulate on a daily basis. A specimen this worn got that way by use as a pendant or a pocket piece.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 14 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 13.76 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-189; Hahn -; Witt. 779 Anm., KM 27.


  • 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]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015

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