Hamburg 1679 5 ducats
This specimen was lot 2429 in Sincona sale 20 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 5,000 (about US$6,266 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted, "Halber Bankportugalöser zu 5 Dukaten 1679. Auf den Pinneberger Interims-Rezess. Vorzüglich. (extremely fine.)" This five ducat piece commemorates a long forgotten and quickly violated peace treaty. It may actually be a medal as it is not listed in Friedberg or the SCWC.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 17.5 g, .986 fine gold, .554 troy oz AGW; this specimen is 17.30 g.
Catalog reference: Gaedechens 1613. GiG91.
- 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.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Richter, Jürg, Numismatic Coins & Medals: Auction 20, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2014.