Bohemia 1565 2 ducats

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Sincona sale 50, lot 1149
This specimen was lot 1149 in Sincona sale 50 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 20,000 CHF (about US$24,124 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Ferdinand I. 1521-1564. 2 Dukaten 1565. Auf seine Beisetzung in Prag im Dom St. Veit. Gekröntes und geharnischtes Brustbild nach rechts. •DIVI•CAESAR•FERDINANDI•PRIMI (Dreiblatt) Rv. AVGUS=/ TI•PII•FOE=/LICIS•MEMO/RIA•FVNEB=/RIS•ANNO/•1565 (Dreiblatt). Äusserst selten. Diverse kleine Randfehler. Fast vorzügliches Exemplar. (Austria, Ferdinand I, 1521-64, double ducat of 1565, on his burial in Prague at the St. Veit cathedral. Obverse: crowned and armored bust right; reverse: inscription with date. Extremely rare, Some small edge nicks, About extremely fine specimen.)"
This rare type was struck on the occasion of the funeral of emperor Ferdinand in Prague in 1565. It is not listed by Friedberg, who may have regarded it as a medal.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 7 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 6.86 g.

Catalog reference: Markl 2086. Slg. Done­bauer 1027, Fr-unlisted.


  • 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.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Jubilee Auction 50, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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