Hamburg 1797 4 ducats Fr-1133

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3700
This specimen was lot 3700 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €5,000 (about US$6,459 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"STADT Goldabschlag zu 4 Dukaten von den Stempeln des 8 Schilling-Stücks 1797, mit Titel von Franz II. Münzmeister Otto Heinrich Knorre. Stadtwappen//Gekrönter Doppeladler mit Schwert und Zepter in den Fängen, auf der Brust Reichsapfel. GOLD. Von großer Seltenheit. Vorzüglich. (Germany, city of Hamburg, quadruple ducat of 1797 struck using eight schilling dies, in the name of Francis II. Obverse: city arms; reverse: crowned double headed eagle. Very rare, extremely fine.)"
This type, struck 1797, is the only four ducats issued during the eighteenth century. We don't know why the city suddenly decided to do so when it was already issuing small quantities of single (Fr-1136) and double ducats. It does not seem to have been a thought out decision as dies for a silver coin (1797 8 schillings, KM 516) were reused.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.96 g, .979 fine gold, .439 troy oz AGW, this specimen 13,95 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-1133; J. 36 Anm; Gaed. - (zu 717 a), KM 518.


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  • [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.

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