Bohemia 1638 10 ducats Fr-213

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Sincona sale 38, lot 1795
This specimen was lot 1795 in Sincona sale 38 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 110,000 CHF (about US$131,923 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Ferdinand III. 1637-1657 10 Dukaten 1638. Prag Münzmeister Jakob Wernhard Wolker. Von grösster Seltenheit. Vorzüglich. (Holy Roman Empire, Ferdinand III, 1637-57, ten ducats of 1638, Prague mint. Of the highest rarity. Extremely fine.)"
This rare type is listed in the SCWC under Bohemia for 1638-40. The succeeding type (KM 460) added a laurel wreath on the emperor's head. The Prague mint struck this denomination nearly every year until 1675.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 35 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 34.54 g.

Catalog reference: Dietiker 835. Fr-213, KM 429.


  • 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.
  • [1]Jürg Richter, Auction 38, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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