Danzig 1586 ducat Fr-3

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Goldberg sale 41, lot 4137
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4137 in Goldberg sale 41 (Beverly Hills, May 2007), where it sold for $3,220. The catalog description[1] noted, "Danzig. Ducat, 1586. Stephan Bathori, 1576-1586. Obv. Crowned portrait bust right. Leg: .STEPHANVS.D.G. REX.POL.D.PRVS. Reverse: City arms within beaded circle. Leg: MONE.NO.AVR.CIVI.GEDANENSIS. NGC graded MS-60. Stephen of Transylvania was was not the first choice of the Polish Diet. They had elected Henry of Valois, but when he inherited the French throne, he left for Paris. Yet Stephen turned out to be an excellent king. In fact, he added Danzig and Livonia to the Polish holdings."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3.51 grams, 21.53 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Fr-3; Gum-798; Cz-770.


  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 41: the Pre-Long Beach Sale, Beverly Hills: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2007.
  • 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.

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