Bavaria 1850 ducat Fr-278

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Ponterio sale 151, lot 8458
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This ducat was lot 8458 in Ponterio sale 151 (Baltimore, November 2009), where it sold for $2,472.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. Bavaria. Ducat, 1850. NGC MS-61." Two types of ducat were issued in the 1850's; this type, with a city view and the legend "EX AURO RHENI" (from Rhenish gold) and KM 457, with a conventional coat of arms on the reverse. 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: unknown but probably less than 2,000.

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

Catalog reference: Fr-278; KM 841 (previously KM 462).


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 151: The 2009 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.

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