Bohemia 1631 ducat
"Bohemia (Wallenstein). Ducat, 1631. Albert Wallenstein (Duke of Friedland and Sagan), 1625-1634. Front large facing armored and draped bust in beaded circle broken at the top. Leg. ALBERTVS.D.G.DVX. MEGAPOL.FRIDL. Reverse Crowned complex arms. Leg: ET.SAGAE.PRINC.-VANDAL.1631. Very Rare. NGC graded MS-62. Wallenstein is one of the most fascinating characters of this period. Born of a noble family, he was appointed general of the Imperialist forces by emperor Ferdinand II. A great general, he won numerous battles for his commander. Unfortunately, his ego was as great as his abilities, and he so angered his officer corps, that they assasinated him."This type is listed for 1631 only tho Wallenstein issued ducats as Duke of Friedland 1627-34. This specimen was previously offered as lot 3987 in Goldberg sale 41 (May 2007), where it did not sell.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.50 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW, this specimen 3.70 grams. 21.94 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Fr-145; KM-61. (listed under Bohemia, not Austria).
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- 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.
- Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 59: Ancient & World Coins, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2010.