Breslau 1752 ducat Fr-530

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Breslau 1752 ducat rev Stacks 110-660.jpg
Silesia in 1789, after its conquest by Prussia, from Putzger's 1905 atlas

This specimen was lot 660 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMAN STATES. BRESLAU. Bishop Philipp Gotthard Schaffgotsch, 1747-1795. Ducat, 1752. Elegant bust in robe and skullcap r., title includes Prince of Schaffgotsch. Rv. Crowned Arms on mantle. This splendid design is complemented by a wealth of gleaming prooflike lustre. AU-55 (NGC)." The SCWC lists this type for 1748, 1752 and 1753 and, while less expensive than the ducats of Bamberg, it is still scarce and high-priced. Silesia was wrested from Austria by Frederick the Great of Prussia during the Seven Years War and remained Prussian territory until the end of World War One. The bishop fled his see and resided in Vienna, where this ducat was made.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-530, KM C-3.1.


  • 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]Kraljevich, John, and Frank Van Valen, The Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico Collections, New York: Stack's, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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