Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel 1734-S ducat Fr-667
This specimen was lot 30068 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $4,406.25. The catalog description noted, "The Only Example Seen on the Market in at Least a Generation Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel. Ludwig Rudolf Harz-gold Ducat 1734-S, AU55 NGC. The grade is defined more by moderate handling over the ages, that has left the surfaces a tad bright, than surface wear. Essentially all the original detail remains, with a touch of striking weakness evident in Ludwig Rudolf's highest hair curls. An issue that was struck from gold mined at the Harz Mountain with the identifying Latin inscription 'EX AUR HERC INF', at the base of the reverse design. A very rare type as a search of archived data has resulted in no recorded sales for the type. Ex: 'Colonel' E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman/B.G. Johnson." The duke issued two different ducats in 1734, both scarce: KM 822 and KM 828 (shown here).
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.50 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 828, Fr-667.
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- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.