Brandenburg-Ansbach 1769-S ducat Fr-363

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 29716
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 29716 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $2,820. The catalog description[1] noted, "Brandenburg-Ansbach. Alexander gold Ducat 1769-S MS62 NGC, Schwabach mint. Struck on a noticeably wavy flan, this issue commemorates the acquisition of Bayreuth, displaying the facing busts of Georg Friedrich and Alexander with an open book atop an altar. The semi-reflective surfaces are truly captivating on this specimen, surrounding the fully-defined design elements in a warm glow. Conditionally rare and seldom available in the marketplace." This type was issued 1769 only and is listed as rare. It is accompanied by a thaler (Dav-1999). It comes not from the Electorate of Brandenburg (later the Kingdom of Prussia) but from Brandenburg-Ansbach, a Hohenzollern enclave west of Bavaria and neighboring Nuremburg.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 286, Fr-363.


  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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