Breslau 1545 ducat Fr-476
This specimen was lot 30060 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $6,168.75. The catalog description noted, "Well-Preserved 16th Century Gold Piece Breslau. Balthasar of Promnitz gold Ducat 1545, AU Details (Bent) NGC. Obv. Titles of Balthasar and arms. Rev. St. John standing, facing, with book and lamb in his left hand. An extremely rare and seldom offered type. NGC has given this a net grade because of the wavy flan. Actually, it is not unusual to see wavy flans in these very thin pre-1600 ducats. This example exhibits full, brilliant, mint luster with no traces of wear, or even slight rubbing on the high points. The surfaces are completely free of significant marks, and even with the wavy flan, we doubt you will see a nicer specimen of this elusive type." This type is listed in Friedberg for 1540-60. Silesia fell under Austrian domination on the extinction of the Hungarian monarchy at the hands of the Ottomans in 1526.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-476, F&S-2532.
- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.