Bavaria 1652 3 ducats Fr-200

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This specimen was lot 649 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"GERMAN STATES. BAVARIA. Ferdinand Maria, 1651-1679. 3 Ducats, 1652. Wedding with Princess Adelaide. Conjoined busts of armored Duke-Elector, richly adorned bride in circle. Rv. Angel supports Wittelsbach shield, Latin legend hails exaltation of the couple through mutual devotion. This highly romantic design makes the coin a visual standout. Exactly four examples are known of this outstanding rarity, and the present specimen is the finest of the four. Its auction appearance offers an opportunity that will not be soon repeated. Brilliant Uncirculated."
This exotic coin is the only three ducats listed for Bavaria in the seventeenth century. Numerous other Bavarian issues exist commemorating various births, marriages and deaths.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 10.5 g, .986 fine gold, .330 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-200, KM 76.


  • 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]Kraljevich, John, and Frank Van Valen, The Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico Collections, New York: Stack's, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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