Brandenburg-Bayreuth 1767 ducat Fr-391

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 29718
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 29718 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $3,760. The catalog description[1] noted, "Brandenburg-Bayreuth. Friedrich Christian gold Ducat 1767 MS64 Prooflike NGC. An absolutely engaging example of this rare Ducat, beaming with amber-tinged color and fully-reflective fields. Almost immediately, the eye is drawn to the impeccably-styled, illustrative design elements and closer inspection confirms their excellence. For a type that is seldom-offered in the marketplace, this near-Gem is one of the finest specimens we've encountered, and in this top certified quality, sure to elicit much excitement among collectors." This type was issued 1767 only and is listed as rare. It comes not from the Electorate of Brandenburg (later the Kingdom of Prussia) but from Brandenburg-Bayreuth, a Hohenzollern enclave west of Bavaria and neighboring Nuremburg. Bayreuth later obtained fame as the home of composer Richard Wagner.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 256, Fr-391.


  • 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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