Catalonia (1493) ducat Fr-32

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Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 853
This specimen was lot 853 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it sold for €1,300 (about US$2,511 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ESPAGNE, CATALOGNE ET ARAGON, Ferdinand II (1479-1516), AV ducat (principat), Barcelone. D/ B. couronné à d. Derrière, petit écu au lion (maître de la monnaie Sanchez). R/ Ecu couronné, entre B-B. Rare Beau portrait. Très Beau. (Spain, Catalonia and Aragon, Ferdinand II, 1479-1516, gold ducat or principat, Barcelona mint. Obverse: crowned bust to right, behind, a small shield with a lion (privy mark for the mintmaster); reverse: crowned arms between "B - B". Rare, nice portrait, very fine.)"
This rare type was issued by Ferdinand of Aragon just before he and his wife Isabella issued a unified gold coinage based on the excelente.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.50 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3,48 g.

Catalog reference: Crusafont 1129; Fr-32, Cayón no. 2325.

Source:

  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 137, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.
  • Calicó, Ferrán, Xavier Calicó and Joaquin Trigo, Monedas Españolas desde Felipe II a Isabel II, Años: 1556 a 1868, 5ª edicion, Barcelona: Gráficas Reclam, 1982.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, vol. 1, Madrid: Cayón9-Jano S.L., 2005.

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