Brandenburg-Ansbach 1769-S ducat Fr-363
This specimen was lot 29716 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $2,820. The catalog description 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.
- 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.