Bern (1772) ducat Fr-172

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Ponterio sale 177, lot 12536
photo courtesy Stacks Bowers LLC
Sincona sale 26, lot 3750
The first specimen was lot 12536 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $2,115. The catalog description[1] noted, "SWITZERLAND. Bern. Ducat, ND (1772). NGC MS-64." The second specimen was lot 3750 in Sincona sale 26 (Zurich, October 2015), where it sold for 2,400 CHF (about US$2,965 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Dukat o. J. (1772). Stempel von Johann Kaspar Mörikofer. Gekröntes Stadtwappen zwischen zwei Palmzweigen. Rv. Schrift in vier Zeilen in einer verzierten Kartusche, unten die Wertangabe. Vorzüglich-FDC. (city of Bern, undated ducat, dies by Johann Kaspar Mörikofer. Obverse: crowned arms between palm branches; reverse: four line inscription in baroque cartouche, value below. Extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
The climbing bear is the badge of Bern, Switzerland. This type, like all Bernese gold coins of the eighteenth century, is rare and expensive.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW, the second specimen is 3.47 g.

Catalog reference: Lohner 88. D.T. 487, HMZ 2-215a. Fr-172; KM-126.


  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Richter, Juerg, and Ruedi Kunzmann, Neuer HMZ-Katalog, Band 2: Die Münzen der Schweiz und Liechtensteins 15//16. Jahrhundert bis Gegenwart, Regenstauf, Germany: H. Gietl Verlag GmbH, 2006.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.
  • [2]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 26, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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