Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel 1738-BID ducat Fr-716
This specimen was lot 30532 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $1,997.50. The catalog description noted, "Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel. Karl I gold Ducat 1738-B.I.D, AU58 NGC. Benefitting from a strong strike, the semi-mirrored reflectivity in the fields serves to attractively highlight the central design. Close inspection with a loupe reveals several wispy marks in the fields, but these blend rather impressively so as to not significantly deter the eye-appeal. A scarce type in any grade, this is often desired for the leaping horse on the reverse. Ex: 'Colonel' E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman/B.G. Johnson." The duke issued this ducat 1737-42; it is the most common ducat from this locale but still scarce.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.50 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 904, Fr-716.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- 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.
- 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.