Bohemia 1593 ducat Fr-85

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Sincona sale 54, lot 981
This specimen was lot 981 in Sincona sale 54 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 2,600 CHF (about US$3,094 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE - AUSTRIA, Rudolf II. 1576-1612. Dukat 1593, Prag. Münzmeister Lazar Ercker. Selten. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. Leicht gewellt. (Holy Roman Empire, Rudolf II, 1576-1612, ducat of 1593, Prague mint. Rare, Very fine-extremely fine, Slightly wavy flan.)"
Prague issued two different ducats in the latter part of Rudolf's reign; this one, with an eagle reverse, struck 1578-1608, and Fr-88, with crowned arms on the reverse, struck 1594-1611. Neither are common despite being produced for many years.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3.47 g.

Catalog reference: Dietiker 433, Fr-85.


  • 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 Auction 54: Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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