Bern 1658 ducat Fr-123

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Goldberg sale 59, lot 3523
image courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg
This gold ducat was minted in Bern in 1658. The specimen was lot 3523 in Goldberg sale 59 (Beverly Hills, May 2010), where it sold for $5,175. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Bern. Ducat, 1658. City coinage. Obv: Decorated oval cartouche with bear. Leg: MON.AVREA. REIPVB. BERN. 1658. Reverse Double eagle. Berthold, V, Duke of Zahringen, founder of the City of Bern. Leg: *BERCHT: DVX: ZERING. COND.BERN. Very Rare. NGC graded MS-62. The bear is the symbol of Bern. One can go to visit the city and see the revered bears kept in a special enclave. The Dr. Jacob Terner Collection."
Other Bernese ducats are known, all one-year types like this one. This specimen was offered previously as lot 4157 in Goldberg sale 41 (May 2007), where it did not sell.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.50 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW, this specimen 3.43 grams, 21.80 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Fr-123; KM-29.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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.
  • 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]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 59: Ancient & World Coins, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2010.

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