Cologne 1506 goldgulden Fr-803

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3735
This specimen was lot 3735 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €550 (about US$711 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ERZBISTUM Hermann IV. von Hessen, 1480-1508. Goldgulden 1506, Münzstätte vermutlich Zons. GOLD. R Sehr schön. (archbishopric of Cologne, Herman IV of Hesse, 1480-1508, goldgulden of 1506, probably Zons mint. Scarce, very fine.)"
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 the last reasonably available type; it is listed for 1491-1508.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3.21 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-803; Noss 512.


  • 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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