Brandenburg 1685-HS 1/2 ducat Fr-2263

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Sincona sale 38, lot 1152
This specimen was lot 1152 in Sincona sale 38 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 3,200 CHF (about US$3,838 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Brandenburg/Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1640-1688 Halbdukat 1685. Königsberg. Münzmeister HS (Heinrich Sievert). Von grösster Seltenheit. Fast vorzüglich. (Germany, electorate of Brandenburg, Frederick William, 1640-88, half ducat of 1685, Konigsberg mint. Of the highest rarity, About extremely fine.)"
This type is noted for 1670-71 and 1685. The SCWC does not award this type a particularly high value but this specimen realized double that. Ducats struck after 1700 are listed under Prussia.

Recorded mintage: 400.

Specification: 1.75 g, .986 fine gold, .055 troy oz AGW; this specimen is 1.72 g.

Catalog reference: KM 412, von Schrötter 130. Fr-2263.


  • 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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