Cologne (1469) goldgulden Fr-801

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Stack's Bowers November 2015 sale, lot 39154
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This specimen was lot 39154 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it sold for $381.88. The catalog description[1] noted, "GERMANY. Cologne. Goldgulden, ND (1469). Ruprecht of Rhein (1463-80). PCGS VF-30 Secure Holder. One of the better types struck during the reign of Ruprecht according to Friedburg. Original never cleaned coin with light deposits in the peripheries. Clear legends and crisp devices, easily identifiable for type." The archbishop of Cologne was one of the most prolific issuers of gold coins in the late middle ages but output declined drastically after the Reformation.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-801.


  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, and Todd McKenna, The November 2015 Baltimore Auction, World Coins and Paper Money, featuring the Ray Czabor Collection and selections from the Strong Museum, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2015.

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