Lowenstein-Wertheim-Virneburg 1771 ducat Fr-1465

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Sincona sale 54, lot 213
Wertheim in 1789
This specimen was lot 213 in Sincona sale 54 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 15,000 CHF (about US$17,850 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Löwenstein-Wertheim, Johann Ludwig Volrad, 1730-1790. Dukat 1771, Wertheim. Von grösster Seltenheit. Gutes vorzüglich. (Germany, county of Löwenstein-Wertheim, Johann Ludwig Volrad, 1730-1790, ducat of 1771, Wertheim mint. Of the highest rarity, Good extremely fine.)"
This otherwise insignificant principality issued a series of ducats in the late eighteenth century. It was mediatized in 1806 and partitioned between Baden and Bavaria. Try as we might, we cannot discern the engraver's initials "WE" which are supposed to be present.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3.48 g.

Catalog reference: Wibel 127. Fr-1465, KM 34.


  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 54: Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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