Bern (1750) 4 ducats Fr-146

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Sincona sale 39, lot 4572
This specimen was lot 4572 in Sincona sale 39 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 31,000 CHF (about US$37,178 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Bern. 4 Dukaten o. J. (um 1750). Gekröntes Stadtwappen in einem Kranz aus einem Lorbeer- und Palmzweig. Rv. Kartusche mit Inschrift und Wertangabe. Sehr selten. FDC. Prachtvolle Erhaltung. (canton of Bern, undated quadruple ducat. Obverse: crowned city arms between laurel and palm branches; reverse: cartouche with inscription and value. Very rare. Uncirculated. Magnificent condition.)"
The SCWC notes five different quadruple ducats were issued on this occasion (Friedberg lumps them all under Fr-146), all rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 14 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 13.82 g.

Catalog reference: Lohner 48. D.T. 472, HMZ 2-209, var. Fr. 146, KM 105.1.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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]Jürg Richter, Auction 39, World coins and medals, coins and medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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