Hamburg (1578-82) 2-1/2 ducats Fr-1093

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Kunker 264, sale 3680
This specimen was lot 3680 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €17,500 (about US$22,607 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"STADT 1/4 Portugalöser zu 2 1/2 Dukaten o. J. (1578-1582). Münzmeister Andreas Metzner. Mit XRO in der Rückseitenumschrift. * MONETA · NOVA · AVREA · CIVITATIS · HAMBVRGENSIS · / · NACH · PORTVGALIS · SCHROT · VND · KORN Das Hamburger Stadtwappen mit herabgehendem Fallgatter//* IN * XRO * CRVCIFIXO * PENDET * SALVS * NR - A Kreuz des Portugiesischen Christus-Ordens, in den Winkeln Verzierungen, umher schnörkelartige Verzierung. Slg. Vogel (Auktion Künker 221) 8442. GOLD. Von großer Seltenheit. Feine Goldpatina, fast vorzüglich. (Germany, city of Hamburg, undated quarter portugaloser or 2½ ducats. Obverse: city arms showing triple turreted gate; reverse: Portuguese cross. Very rare, fine gold color, choice extremely fine.)"
These large gold pieces became fashionable in Hamburg and numerous varieties exist along with five and ten ducat pieces.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 8.75 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 8.67 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-1093; Gaed. 5 Anm.; Bahrfeldt 3 (2nd die).

Source:

  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.
  • 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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