Bern 1681 10 ducats Fr-129

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Sincona sale 47, lot 2624
This specimen was lot 2624 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 190,000 CHF (about US$227,981 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SWITZERLAND, Bern, Stadt und Kanton, 10 Dukaten 1681. Gekröntes Stadtwappen in reich verzierter Kartusche. Unten D für den Stempelschneider David Dick. Zu den Flanken je ein Löwe und ein Bär. Rv. Dreizeilige Inschrift mit der Jahreszahl und der Wertangabe 10 DVCAT in einer reich verzierten Kartusche. In der Mitte oben D für den Stempelschneider David Dick. Glatter Rand. Von grösster Seltenheit. Gutes vorzüglich. (city and canton of Bern, ten ducats of 1681. Obverse: crowned city arms in cartouche, supported by a lion and a bear. "D" for engraver David Dick below; Reverse: three line inscription with date and value in cartouche. Plain edge. Of the highest rarity, Good extremely fine.)"
This multiple ducat, issued 1681 along with 8, 12 and 20 ducats, is very rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 35 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 34.48 g.

Catalog reference: Lohner 30. D.T. 1108b, HMZ 2-182b. Fr-129, KM 56.


  • 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.
  • 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]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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