Hesse-Cassel 1775 ducat Fr-1284

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Sincona sale 4, lot 04388
This specimen was lot 4388 in Sincona sale 4 (Zurich, October 2011) where it sold for 13,500 CHF (about US$17,959 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND Hessen-Kassel, Landgrafschaft, ab 1803 Kurfürstentum Friedrich II. 1760-1785. Edergold-Dukat 1775, Kassel. Geharnischtes Brustbild nach rechts. Rv. Lagernder Flussgott Eder mit Quellgefäss und hessischem Wappen, im Hintergrund Gebäude und Ruine Altenburg auf Berg, im Abschnitt die Jahreszahl. Sehr selten, nur 405 Exemplare geprägt. Kl. Kr. Vorzüglich-gutes vorzüglich. (Landgraviate of Hesse-Cassel, Frederick II, 1760-85, ducat of 1775, struck from Eder river gold, Cassel mint. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: river god reclines on the Hessian arms; in the background hills and city view, date below. Very rare, 405 examples struck. Some hairlines, extremely fine to good extremely fine)."
While no Hessian ducats are common, this one is very rare. Other German principalities issued ducats honoring locally produced gold.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.50 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW, this specimen 3,48 g.

Catalog reference: Schütz 1922, Kirchheimer 70, Fr-1284, KM A513.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.* 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.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes: Auction 4, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2011.

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