Bavaria 1848 ducat Fr-271

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Goldberg sale 41, lot 4402
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

This ducat was lot 4402 in Goldberg sale 41 (Beverly Hills, May 2007), where it sold for $1,725. The catalog description[1] noted, "Bavaria. Ducat, 1848. Ludwig I, 1825-1848. Head right. Reverse: Arms supported by lions. Brilliant lustrous surfaces. NGC graded MS-62 Prooflike." 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: 1,470.

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

Catalog reference: Fr-271; KM 808 (formerly KM 448).

Source:

  • 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]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 41: the Pre-Long Beach Sale, Beverly Hills: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2007.

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