Cologne 1753-GH S ducat Fr-777
This specimen was lot 30306 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Chicago, August 2015), where it sold for $1,116.25. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Cologne (Koln). Ducat, 1753-GHS. Clemens August von Bayern (1723-61). PCGS AU-50 Secure Holder. Struck under the reign of Clemens August von Bayern. A two year issue and seldom encountered. No listing above EF in Krause. The piece offered is exceptionally nice, with no adjustment marks or other detriments." This type was issued 1750 and 1753 by the city of Cologne, not the archbishop, hence the emperor's portrait. It is rare but other Cologne ducats are rarer. Both the city and the archbishopric were mediatized in 1801 and handed to the French Republic and later Napoleon's empire. At the Congress of Vienna, the city became part of the Prussian Rhineland.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-777; KM-441.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2015 Chicago ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2015.