Bavaria 1780 ducat Fr-250

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30055
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This specimen was lot 30055 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $7,637.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Lovely Representative Example from this Series Bavaria. Karl Theodor gold Ducat 1780, UNC Details (Damaged) NGC. A classic and seldom offered three-year type struck from gold of the Danube with the reverse design depicting the river god resting on the riverbanks. The present appealing example has nearly full, prooflike reflectivity in the fields and only a touch of trivial striking incompleteness in the centers. Several marks to the right of the bust are evident, but fail to mar the design. All in all, despite some flaws, still a lovely coin. " The Elector of Bavaria issued four types of ducats in 1780; this type (KM 572), KM 574 (Isar river gold), KM 573 (Inn river gold) and KM 568 (regular issue) of which this is the second rarest.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.49 g, .937 fine gold, .105 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 572 (formerly KM 263), Fr-250.


  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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