Breslau 1777 ducat Fr-530

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Sincona sale 46, lot 201
This specimen was lot 201 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 8,000 CHF (about US$9,599 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Breslau, Bistum, Philipp Gotthard Fürst Schaffgotsch, 1747-1795. Dukat 1777. Stempel von M. Donner, Wien. Von grösster Seltenheit. Vorzüglich. (bishopric of Breslau, Philipp Gotthard, prince of Schaffgotsch, 1747-95, ducat of 1777, dies by M. Donner. Of the highest rarity, Extremely fine.)"
Silesia fell under Austrian domination on the extinction of the Hungarian monarchy at the hands of the Ottomans in 1526. The province 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. It is also recorded for 1770.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.49 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW, this specimen 3.53 g.

Catalog reference: F.u.S. 2784. Fr-530, KM 228.


  • 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]Richter, Jürg, Auction 46, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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