Lausanne (1491-1517) ducat Fr-284

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Sincona sale 47, lot 3028
This specimen was lot 3028 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 42,000 CHF (about US$50,396 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SWITZERLAND, Waadt/Vaud, Kanton, Aimo di Monfalcone, 1491-1517. Dukat o. J. Kopf des Bischofs nach recht. In der Umschrift der Name. Rv. Quadriertes Wappen. Von grösster Seltenheit. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (canton of Vaud, Aymon of Monfalcone, 1491-1517, undated ducat. Obverse: bishop's head right, name around; reverse: quartered arms. Of the highest rarity, Very fine-extremely fine.)"
This rare type, one of only two gold coins from this town, was issued by the bishop of Lausanne, not the canton of Vaud which surrounds Lausanne.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3.46 g.

Catalog reference: Coraggioni Taf. 51,14 (this example), HMZ 1-524a, Fr-284.


  • Richter, Juerg, and Ruedi Kunzmann, Neuer HMZ-Katalog, Band 2: Die Münzen der Schweiz und Liechtensteins 15//16. Jahrhundert bis Gegenwart, Regenstauf, Germany: H. Gietl Verlag GmbH, 2006.
  • 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]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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