Bavaria 1640 5 ducats Fr-196

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 23847
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23847 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $28,200. The catalog description[1] noted, "Bavaria. Maximilian I gold 5 Ducats 1640, MS65 NGC, an incredible example of this elusive multiple Ducat. Maximilian was a strong and effective ruler, and he had improved the finances of his lands. This multiple Ducat is partially a statement of his ability to govern wisely. The reverse shows the Madonna and child, (the symbol of the state), protecting Munich from the ravages of the Thirty Years War." This exotic coin is the only five ducats listed for Bavaria in the seventeenth century. Numerous other Bavarian issues exist commemorating various births, marriages and deaths.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 17.5 g, .986 fine gold, .554 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-196, KM 268.


  • 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]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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