Brandenburg-Bayreuth 1653 ducat Fr-371

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Sincona sale 38, lot 1145
This specimen was lot 1145 in Sincona sale 38 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 8,000 CHF (about US$9,595 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Brandenburg-Bayreuth, Markgrafschaft, Christian, 1603-1655 Dukat 1653. Nürnberg Auf sein 50. Regierungsjubiläum. Von grösster Seltenheit. Gutes vorzüglich. (margraviate of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, Christian, 1603-55, ducat of 1653, Nuremburg mint, on the fiftieth anniversary of his reign. Of the highest rarity, Good extremely fine.)"
Brandenburg-Bayreuth was a minor state in Franconia between Nurnberg and Bamberg. It was ruled by a branch of the Hohenzollerns who considered themselves to be the senior line of the house. It was handed over to Bavaria by Napoleon.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW; this specimen is 3.45 g.

Catalog reference: KM 68, Slg. Wilm. -. Slg. Grüber -. Fr-371.


  • 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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