Bavaria 1855 ducat Fr-277
This specimen was lot 2074 in Sincona sale 13 (Zurich, October 2013), where it sold for 1,400 CHF (about US$1,811 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted, "DEUTSCHLAND, Bayern, Königreich, Dukat 1855. Vorzüglich-FDC." Two types of ducat were issued in the 1850's; this type, with a conventional coat of arms on the reverse, and Fr-278, 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: 1,540.
Specification: 3.49 g, .937 fine gold, .105 troy oz AGW, this specimen 3.47 g.
Catalog reference: D.S. 33. Schl. 110. Fr-277; KM 457.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Auktion 13: Münzen und Medaillen, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.