Hesse-Darmstadt 1840-HR 5 gulden Fr-1232
This specimen was lot 29751 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $1,351.25. The catalog description noted, "Hesse-Darmstadt. Ludwig II gold 5 Gulden 1840 CV-HR MS62 NGC. Bearing beautifully-reflective fields and somewhat frosty devices, this small but impressive gold issue is in a highly-desirable Mint-State designation and contains an ample amount of coppery bloom that dazzles upon rotation." This type of 1835 and 1840-42 is scarce to rare. Hesse struck coinage to the unified empire standard after 1871.
Recorded mintage: 22,000 for 1835-42.
Specification: 3.42 g, .904 fine gold, .099 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 301, Fr-1232.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- 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.