Bavaria 1844 ducat Fr-271

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Sincona sale 18, lot 1260
This specimen was lot 1260 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 1,700 (about US$2,240 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Dukat 1844. München Gutes vorzüglich. (kingdom of Bavaria, ducat of 1844, Munich mint, good extremely fine.)"
Two types of ducat were issued in the 1840's; this type, with a conventional coat of arms on the reverse, and KM 433, with a city view and the legend "EX AURO RHENI" (from Rhenish gold). Both are scarce. One of the results of unification was the termination of separate coinages for each of the independent states, including Bavaria. No ducats were struck after 1863. Bavaria issued coins using the united empire standard in the denominations of 2, 5, 10 and 20 mark during 1871-1918 when the empire collapsed at the end of World War One. King Maximilian II ruled 1848-64.

Recorded mintage: 4,259.

Specification: 3.49 g, .937 fine gold, .105 troy oz AGW, this specimen 3.48 g.

Catalog reference: D.S. 25. Schl. 96. Fr-271. KM 808 (formerly KM 448).


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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