Brandenburg 1614 ducat Fr-2148

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Sincona sale 38, lot 1150
This specimen was lot 1150 in Sincona sale 38 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 16,000 CHF (about US$19,189 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Brandenburg/Prussia, Johann Sigismund, 1608-1619 Dukat 1614. Cöln. Die vier Wappen in der Rückseitenumschrift repräsentieren Preußen (Adler), Jülich (Löwe), Kleve (Haspel) und Berg (Löwe). Von grösster Seltenheit. Sehr schön. Etwas gewellt. (margraviate of Brandenburg-Prussia, John Sigismund, 1608-19, ducat of 1614, Cologne mint. The four shields on the reverse represent Prussia (eagle), Julich (lion), Cleves (reel) and Berg (lion). Of the highest rarity, Very fine, Slightly wavy planchet.)"
This type of 1610-14 is rare even among the generally scarce issues of this margraviate, which would not attain any importance until after the Thirty Years War, with the acquisition of Pomerania and Prussia. Ducats struck after 1700 are listed under Prussia.

Recorded mintage: 1,206.

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

Catalog reference: KM 38, Bahrfeldt 578. Fr-2148.


  • 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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