Bern 1788 ducat Fr-172

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Stack's Bowers ANA sale, lot 1623
photo courtesy Stacks Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 1623 in Stack's Bowers ANA auction (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $4,993.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "SWITZERLAND. Bern. Ducat, 1788. PCGS MS-66 Secure Holder. Scarce one year type. Brilliant luster. Highly attractive and exceptionally choice. From the Ervin F. Bickley Collection of Swiss Coins." The climbing bear is the badge of Bern, Switzerland. This type, like all Bernese gold coins of the eighteenth century, is rare and expensive. Altho Friedberg says this issue and that of 1772 are the same type, the 1788 has a square shield and the 1772 has an oval shield.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-172; KM-137; HMZ-2-215e.


  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2014 Chicago ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the David O'Harrow Collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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