Hamburg 1689 10 ducats Gaed-1643
This specimen was lot 20502 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $39,950. The catalog description noted, "GERMANY. Hamburg. Portugaloser (10 Ducat), 1689. NGC MS-63. "SUB UMBRA ALARUM TUARUM" Cityscape of Hamburg, harbor on the Elbe river in foreground with numerous vessels, radiant "Jehovah" in clouds above, "HAMBURG" in cartouche in exergue; Reverse: "BANCHORUM IN EUROPA BONO CUM DEO ERECTORUM MEMORIA M DC LXXXIX" Heraldic shields of the four major banking cities of the age: Venice, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Nuremberg in Baroque cartouches, winged angel's head above, the initials of Hinrich Burmester (the oldest Bank citizen) below. Awe inspiring in hand, this large gold cityscape is a true numismatic treasure. Gorgeous lemon yellow gold throughout. This magnificent piece is sure to enhance even the most sophisticated of collections." It may actually be a medal as it is not listed in Friedberg or the SCWC.
Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.
Specification: 35 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 34.6 gms.
Catalog reference: Fr-unlisted; KM-unlisted; Gaed-1643.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.