Hamburg 1497 ducat Fr-1100

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Goldberg sale 41, lot 4022
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles
Kunker sale 263, lot 146
The first specimen was lot 4022 in Goldberg sale 41 (Beverly Hills, May 2007), where it sold for $2,128. The catalog description[1] noted, "Hamburg. Ducat, 1497. Obv. Madonna and child within oval, city shield at bottom. Leg: *MONETA.N-O: HAMBVRG: Reverse: Madonna and child in oval. Leg: oAVE.PLEN; GRACIA. 1497. Pre-1500 date coins are rare. Original mint fresh luster is extraordinary. NGC graded MS-63. So few gold coins are dated before 1500, and so few of those would ever grade MS 63. This is a very special coin." The second specimen was lot 146 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabruck, June 2015), where it sold for €480 (about US$620 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Hamburg, STADT Dukat 1497. GOLD. Min. gewellt, sehr schön. (Germany, city of Hamburg, ducat of 1497. Slightly wavy, very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, the first specimen 3.48 grams, 23.22 mm diameter; the second specimen 3.56 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-1100; Gaed. 82; Levinson I-362 a.


  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 41: the Pre-Long Beach Sale, Beverly Hills: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2007.
  • [2]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, 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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