Besancon 1655 1/2 ducat Fr-79

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photo courtesy Stack's
Besancon 1655 ducat rev Stacks 1010-476.jpg
Kunker sale 264, lot 3153
Franche Comte in 1648, from Putzger's Atlas
The first specimen was lot 476 in Stack's Coin Galleries sale (New York, October 2010), where it sold for $691.15. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE. BESANÇON. Free City. ½ Ducat, 1655. Standing armored Emperor Charles V, who gave the City its Mint Right and stipulated that he be portrayed on all coins struck for Besançon. Rv. 5-line Latin inscription on tablet. AU-53 (PCGS)."
The second specimen was lot 3153 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €1,000 (about US$1,292 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"BESANÇON Stadt. 1/2 Dukat 1655, mit Titel Karls V. GOLD. Selten. Attraktives Exemplar, min. justiert, vorzüglich. (Germany, city of Besançon, half ducat of 1655, in the name of Charles V. Rare, attractive, minimal adjustment marks, extremely fine.)"
Altho today Besançon is part of France, being the chief city of the Franche-Comte, in 1655 it was part of the Holy Roman Empire. It was incorporated into France in 1678. French coins struck there bear the mintmark "CC".

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.75 g, .986 fine gold, the second specimen is 1,73 g.

Catalog reference: Carvalho/Clairand/Kind M5/1655; Fr-79.


  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Kraljevich, John, Frank Van Valen and Christine Karstedt, Coin Galleries Mail and Internet Bid Sale, New York: Stack's, 2010.
  • [2]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015

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