Cologne 1438 goldgulden Fr-797

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3734
This specimen was lot 3734 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €950 (about US$1,227 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ERZBISTUM Dietrich II. von Moers, 1414-1463. Goldgulden 1438, Riel. GOLD. R Sehr schön +. (Germany, archbishopric of Cologne, Dietrich II of Moers, 1414-63, goldgulden of 1438, Riel mint. Scarce, very fine or better.)"
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. This is a very early dated coin.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common.

Specification: 3.25 g, 0.900 fine gold, this specimen 3,22 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-797; Levinson I-43; Noss 358.


  • 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]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015

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