Breslau 1650 10 ducats

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Sincona sale 5, lot 27
This specimen was lot 27 in Sincona sale 5 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 34,000 CHF (about US$41,837 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"RÖMISCH DEUTSCHES REICH Ferdinand III. 1637-1657. 10 Dukaten 1650, Breslau. Münzwardein Georg Hübner. Av. *FERDINANDVS·III·D:G·R·IM·SE·AV:·GE·HVN·BO·REX·DVX·SIL• Gekrönte Büste in reich verziertem Harnisch mit Spitzenkragen nach rechts. Um den Hals der Orden des Goldenen Vlies. Auf der Krone Reichsapfel. Rv. ARCHIDVX·AVST·DVX•(Mzz. Lilie) BVR·MAR·MO·C·T·Y 1650 Gekrönter Doppeladler mit Schwert und Zepter in den Fängen. Auf der Brust das gekrönte viergeteilte Wappen Ungarn/Böhmen mit Herzschild Österreich/Burgund. Unten die geteilten Initialen des Münzwardeins G – H. Äusserst selten, vielleicht Unikat? Gutes sehr schön. (Holy Roman Empire, Ferdinand III, 1637-57, ten ducats of 1650, Breslau mint, mintmaster Georg Hübner. Obverse: crowned bust wearing Order of the Golden Fleece to right, orb on crown; reverse: crowned double headed eagle with sword and scepter in claws, crowned arms of Hungary and Bohemia on breast, mintmaster's initials in field. Extremely rare, perhaps unique. Good very fine.)"
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. Breslau issued a long series of ducats and multiple ducats, all rare. This one is not listed in Friedberg or the SCWC.

Recorded mintage: unknown, perhaps unique.

Specification: 35 g, .986 fine gold, 1.11 troy oz AGW; this specimen is 34,74 g.

Catalog reference: Friedberg -. Friedensburg/Seeger -. Herinek -. Miller zu Aichholz -.

Source:

  • 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]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 5, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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