Bavaria 1756 ducat Fr-246

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UBS sale 85, lot 214
This specimen was lot 214 in UBS sale 85 (Zurich, September 2010), where it sold for 6,200 CHF (about US$7,073 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND, Bayern, Herzogtum, 1623 Kurfürstentum, 1806 Königreich, Maximilian III. Joseph, 1745-1777, Donaugolddukat 1756. Brustbild mit Schärpe nach rechts. Rv. Lagernder Flussgott mit Quellurne und Wappenschild, im Abschnitt die Jahreszahl. Sehr selten. Lt. dez. Min. Schrötlingsf. auf Rv. Sehr schön-vorzüglich." (Germany, Electorate of Bavaria, Maximilian III Joseph, 1745-77, Danube gold ducat of 1756. Bust with sash facing right; reverse: lounging river god, date below. Very rare, tiny adjustment marks on the reverse, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.)
This type, struck 1756-62 from gold washed from the Danube, is much (7x) rarer than the regular issue with the shield reverse (KM 228).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.49 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3,47 g.

Catalog reference: Witt. 2159, Hahn 314, Fr-246, KM 229.


  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]UBS Auction 85: Gold and Silver Coins, Zurich: UBS AG, 2010.

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