Czechoslovakia 1929 10 dukatu
This specimen was lot 20320 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $15,600. The catalog description noted, "CZECHOSLOVAKIA. 10 Dukatu, 1929. NGC MS-64. Trade coinage. First year issue from a mintage of only 1,564 pieces. Obverse features Duke Wenceslas on horseback. A broad and popular type with flashy mint bloom that brightens both sides and surfaces that show few marks, the most notable being a small luster graze beneath the horse's hind hooves. Seldom available in any grade, let alone near-Gem quality." This type was struck 1929-38 and 1951 along with a dukat, 2 dukaty and 5 dukatu. This type is rarely seen circulated, suggesting the hoarding of what few examples escaped government vaults. The obverse portrait is of "good" king Wenceslas, he of the well-known Christmas carol.
Recorded mintage: 1,564.
Specification: 34.9 g, .986 fine gold, 42 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Fr-4; KM-14.
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- 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, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.