Ferrara (1471-1505) ducat Fr-265

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Goldberg sale 41, lot 4099
photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg
the duchy of Ferrara in 1494

This specimen was lot 4099 in Goldberg sale 41, where it sold for $10,500. The catalog description noted, "Ferrara. Ducat, ND. Ercole I D'Este Duca II, 1471-1505. Obv. Portrait bust left. Leg: +.HERCULES.DVX.FERRARIAE. Reverse: Seated haloed Christ with staff in left hand. Leg: .SVREXIT.XPS.REX.GLE. Lovely renaissance portrait ducat. Rare. NGC graded AU-55. Ercole, listed as Hercules in the coin's legend, was one of the most important dukes of the Este family in Ferrara. He is known as a great patron of the arts, but was far less successful as a military leader, losing badly to Venice. He did increase the size of Ferrara and extended the walls of the city. A very important renaissance gold coin and exceedingly rare."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW, this specimen 3.48 grams, 24.11 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Fr-265; CNI-X,pl.XXX,8.


  • 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]Ira & Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 59: the pre-Long Beach Sale, Beverly Hills, 2010.

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