Bern 1727 2 ducats Fr-165

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Heritage sale 3021, lot 22767
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 22767 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $3,290. The catalog description[1] noted, "Bern. Gold 2 Ducats 1727, MS63 NGC, a gorgeous coin with full mint bloom and ornate details, highly appealing and rare in mint state." 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: 7 g, .986 fine gold, .221 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 96, Fr-165.


  • 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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