Denmark 1673 2 ducats
"Denmark. Gold 2 Ducats, 1673. Christian V, 1670-1699. Crowned monogram of Christian. Reverse: Elephant advancing left, with tower on back and goaded by Moor; date below. Small planchet defect at 6 o'clock. Some marks, but this is an extraordinarly well cared for piece, well made with great detail and much residual luster. Few survived so fine! Very rare. NGC graded MS-62. There are many 'elephant' coin collectors, so this coin is both highly elusive and avidly sought after. It is believed that this issue was produced as a special award to those few members of Denmark's highest chivalric order, the Order of the Elephant. The watchtower on the elephant's back stood for purity. A marvelous piece. Ex Millennia, Lot 533."This one year type is very rare, like the rest of the gold issues of Denmark during the period.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 6.95 g, .979 fine gold, .219 troy oz AGW, this specimen 6.90 grams.
Catalog reference: Fr-198; Hede-3, KM 346.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- 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.
- Ira & Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 59: the pre-Long Beach Sale, Beverly Hills, 2010.