Bern 1600 ducat Fr-96

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3299
This specimen was lot 3299 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €5,500 (about US$7,105 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BERN Stadt. Dukat 1600. Adler über Stadtwappen//Stehender heiliger Vinzenz mit Buch und Palme. GOLD. RR Sehr attraktives Exemplar mit hübscher Goldpatina, fast vorzüglich. (city of Bern, ducat of 1600. Obverse: eagle over city arms; reverse: St. Vincent stands with book and palm frond. Rare, attractive example with nice patina, choice extremely fine.)"
This rare one year type is accompanied by a double ducat (Fr-95) and half ducat (Fr-97). The next gold issue was in 1658 (Fr-123).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold; this specimen 3.46 g.

Catalog reference: D./T. 1120; Fr-96.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015

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