Brandenburg 1610 ducat Fr-2148

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Jean Elsen sale 123, lot 1111
Brandenburg JE 123-1111r.jpg
This specimen was lot 1111 in Jean Elsen sale 123 (Brussels, December 2014), where it sold for €11,000 (about US$15,986 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ALLEMAGNE, BRANDEBOURG-PRUSSE, Johann Sigismund (1608-1619), AV ducat, 1614, Cöln. Au titre de Jülich-Kleve-Berg. Droit: IOH· SIGISM· D· G· MA- BR·- SAC· R· I· ARCHIC· E·- E Le margrave de Brandebourg debout à droite, en cuirasse, tenant un sceptre sur l'épaule et coiffé du bonnet d'électeur. Revers: * I· PRVSS· IVLI-AE CLIVI-AE MO-NT· D L'aigle prussien éployé avec l'écu au sceptre sur la poitrine, entouré des écus de Prusse, Juliers, Clèves et Berg. De la plus haute rareté. (Germany, Brandenburg-Prussia, John Sigismund (1608-19), gold ducat of 1614, Cologne mint, in the name of Julich-Cleve-Berg. Obverse: standing figure to right, bearing a scepter and wearing an elector's cap. Reverse: the Prussian eagle displayed, bearing a shield with a scepter on its breast, with the arms of Prussia, Julich, Cleve and Berg around.)

Le type et la légende du revers appuient les prétentions de l'électeur de B[r]andebourg dans la guerre de Succession de Juliers (1609-1614). Par le traité de Xanten signé le 12 novembre 1614, Johann Sigismund obtint le duché de Clèves et les comtés de la Marck et Ravensberg, constituant ainsi les premières possessions de la maison de Hohenzollern en Rhénanie. Très Beau. (the type and the reverse legend reflects the pretensions of the elector of Brandenburg during the war of the sucession of Julich (1609-14). By the treaty of Xanten, signed November 12, 1614, John Sigismund obtained the duchy of Cleves and the counties of Mark and Ravensburg, constituting the first possessions of the house of Hohenzollern in the Rhineland. Very fine.)"

This rare type, struck 1610-14, could just as easily have been filed under Julich-Cleve-Berg. The elector of Brandenburg would not be promoted to king of Prussia until 1701.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3,48 g.

Catalog reference: Bahrfledt, 578; Fr-2148, KM 38.

Source:

  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 123, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2014.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Craig, William D., Germanic Coinages: Charlemagne through Wilhelm II, Mountain View, CA: 1954.

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