Bohemia 1676 5 ducats Fr-265

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3452
This specimen was lot 3452 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €38,000 (about US$49,088 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Leopold I. 1657-1705. 5 Dukaten 1676, Prag. (Raute) LEOPOLDVS (Raute) D (Raute) G (Raute) R (Raute) IMPERA (Raute) S (Raute) A (Raute und Verzierung) Geharnischtes Brustbild r. mit Lorbeerkranz, umgelegtem Mantel und der Kette des Ordens vom Goldenen Vlies//(Raute) GER (Raute) HVN (Raute) BO - HEMIÆ (Raute) REX (Raute) 16 - 76 Gekrönter Doppeladler mit Schwert und Zepter in den Fängen, auf der Brust gekröntes Wappen, unten in Klammern das Münzmeisterzeichen I (Anton v. Janinalli, Münzmeister in Prag 1668-1688). GOLD. Von großer Seltenheit. Min. gewellt, vorzüglich. (Austria, Leopold I, 1657-1705, five ducats of 1676, Prague mint. Obverse: armored, laureate, mantled bust with the Order of the Golden Fleece; Reverse: double headed eagle with sword and scepter in its claws and crowned arms on its breast, date above, mintmaster's initial below. Very rare, slightly bent, extremely fine.)"
Friedberg lists this type for 1659-69 but doesn't mention a 1676 issue. The SCWC splits the type into KM 502 and KM 557.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 17.5 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 17.30 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-265; Dietiker 925; Halacka 1371, KM 557 (listed under Bohemia).

Source:

  • 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]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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