Frankfurt 1742 ducat Fr-1003

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Sincona sale 43, lot 3196
This specimen was lot 3196 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 1,800 CHF (aboout US$2,148 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankfurt, Stadt, Dukat 1742. Auf die Wahl Karls VII. zum Kaiser. Gutes vorzüglich. Kleine Schrötlingsfehler. (Germany, city of Frankfurt, ducat of 1742, on the coronation of Charles VII as emperor. Good extremely fine, Minor planchet defects.)"
This one year type is rare. Frankfurt issued three other ducats honoring the pretender and a double ducat (Fr-1002). Charles Albert was elector of Bavaria 1726-45 and was Holy Roman Emperor during the war of the Austria Succession as Charles VII, 1742-45. He was unable to hold his own electorate against the Austrians and spent most of the war holed up in Frankfurt, where this double ducat was issued. His son surrendered the imperial title to Francis of Lorraine, the husband of Maria Theresia, in exchange for the return of Bavaria.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW; this specimen is 3.44 g.

Catalog reference: KM 198, J.u.F. 747. Förschner 254. Fr-1003.

Source:

  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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