Mainz 1653-MF ducat Fr-1656
This specimen was lot 23645 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $2,350. The catalog description noted, "Mainz. Johann Philip gold Ducat 1653-MF, MS62 ANACS (green holder), exceptionally bold design features with full mint luster, a choice example of this early Ducat. Second variety with the smaller bust of Johann. From the collection of Donald E. Bently, sold for the benefit of the Bently Foundation." The SCWC lists this type for 1652-61 and notes it as fairly common tho not cheap.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, .110 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 107, Slg. Walther 299, Fr-1656.
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- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.