Lithuania 1665-TLB 1/2 ducat Fr-10

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 31242
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31242 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Johann Casimir gold 1/2 Ducat 1665-TLB/HKPL UNC Details (Cleaning) PCGS, Vilnius mint, Titus Livius Boratyni as mintmaster, Hieronim Kirszenstein Podskarbi Litewski as treasurer. A small yet superb example with delightful, antiqued surfaces and considerable luster within the fields. Despite the details holder, this rare issue features a bold strike on a pleasing flan, with light ghosting around the legends. An excellent offering, nearly as-struck, and incredibly well-preserved for its age. A veritable jewel with outstanding appeal." This scarce coin is listed for 1664-65 under Lithuania but it could just as easily listed under Poland.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.75 g, .986 fine gold, .055 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 54.1, Fr-10, Gum-1891, Ivanauskas-9JK2-2, SK-2595a.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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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