Bern 1789 2 ducats Fr-171
This specimen was lot 3658 in Sincona sale 20 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 4,000 (about US$5,013 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted, "[Bern.] Doppeldukat 1789. Vorzüglich-FDC. (extremely fine to uncirculated.)" 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 1788 are the same type, the 1788 has a baroque cartouche and the 1789 has a simple oval.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 7 g, .986 fine gold, .221 troy oz AGW, this specimen 6.84 g.
Catalog reference: Fr-171; KM-140; D.T. 482, HMZ 2-212g.
- 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.
- Richter, Juerg, and Ruedi Kunzmann, Neuer HMZ-Katalog, Band 2: Die Münzen der Schweiz und Liechtensteins 15//16. Jahrhundert bis Gegenwart, Regenstauf, Germany: H. Gietl Verlag GmbH, 2006.
- Richter, Jürg, Numismatic Coins & Medals: Auction 20, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2014.