Breslau 1796 ducat Fr-531
This specimen was lot 30063 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $10,575. The catalog description noted, "Amazingly Preserved Rarity Breslau. Joseph of Hohenlohe gold Ducat 1796, MS65 Prooflike NGC. Obv. Bust of the Bishop right. Rev. Crowned arms. A truly stunning example. Fully mirrored fields with heavily frosted devices. The strike is superb and the surfaces exhibit no flaws worthy of mention. Without question, the equal of the cameo Proof coins being struck by current minting facilities. Amazing quality for an eighteenth century minting facility. Very rare in this superb condition. Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman/B.G. Johnson." 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. This is the last gold coin issued by the bishops, who lost their mint right during the Napoleonic Wars. It is unlikely that bishop Joseph ever set foot in his see, which was Prussian (Protestant) territory.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold.
Catalog reference: KM 232, Fr-531.
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