Bavaria 1780 ducat Fr-251

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This specimen was lot 652 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. Karl Theodor, 1777-1799. Inn-Gold Ducat, 1780 ST. Diesinker Heinrich Straub. Head r. as Count Palatine of the Rhine and Duke of Both Bavarias. Rv. Seated Inn river god with flowing urn and Bavarian Arms, EX AURO OENI, From Inn Gold. Struck employing alluvial Gold recovered from the bed of the Inn, companion to the Danube and Isar Gold which have long fascinated collectors. Bright surfaces show more evidence of handling than wear. AU-55 (NGC)."
The Elector of Bavaria issued four types of ducats in 1780; this type (KM 573), KM 574 (Isar river gold), KM 572 (Danube river gold) and KM 568 (regular issue) of which this is the rarest.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .937 fine gold, .105 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-251, KM 573 (formerly KM 264).


  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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