Breslau 1645 2 ducats

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Goldberg sale 59, lot 2613
image courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg
This gold two ducats was minted in Breslau in 1645. The specimen was lot 2613 in Goldberg sale 59 (Beverly Hills, May 2010), where it sold for $8,625. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Austria. 2 Ducats, 1645-M.I. (Breslau). Ferdinand III, 1625-1637-1657. Crowned bust right. Reverse: Crowned double-headed eagle; M - I, on either side (Mintmaster Michael Jan). Exceptionally choice, sharply and evenly struck on essentially a perfect flan. Lustrous and beautifully centered, with high rim beading. Extremely rare. The very image of its age, a masterpiece in gold! NGC graded MS-63. Breslau (Polish Wroclaw) epitomized much of Central European history, in that 'every time the wind changed directions' the city changed hands. Straddled on a major trade route, along the Oder River, running from the south of Europe to the Baltic Sea, Breslau remained the largest and most culturally dominant center in the region known as Silesia. Ex Millennia, Lot 482."
The Bishopric of Breslau was an ecclesiastical state in Silesia and usually ruled by a Hapsburg client from 1526 until its conquest by Frederick the Great in 1741. The gold issues of the seventeenth century are all rare and this one is not listed in the SCWC.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 7.00 g, .986 fine gold, .220 troy oz AGW, this specimen 6.90 grams.

Catalog reference: Fr-223 (143); Henirek-173.


  • 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]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 59: Ancient & World Coins, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2010.

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