Hungary (1645-90) 5 ducats Fr-563

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 29861
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This specimen was lot 29861 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Christian Hermann Roth gold 5 Ducats ND (C. 18th Century) AU55 NGC, Kremnitz mint, A superb specimen with antiqued, golden tone and wonderfully impressive design features. The obverse imagery is quite bold and features St. George slaying the dragon while the reverse motif depicts Christ with two apostles in a boat, weathering a storm. As an aside, these St. George medallic issues from Kremnitz were carried around, so as to bring good luck to the owner and protect him from harm. Highly engaging from all angles, this is a seldom encountered issue, especially in this well-preserved quality." The Kremnitz ducats of Christian Hermann Roth and his heirs were struck during the last half of the seventeenth century and the first half of the eighteenth century in sizes ranging from half a ducat up to 100 ducats. The SCWC does not list them, dismissing them as medals, but they are mentioned in Friedberg.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 17.5 g, .986 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-563, Huszar-6.

Source:

  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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