Mainz 1771-DF ducat Fr-1680
This specimen was lot 30079 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $3,290. The catalog description noted, "Great Eye Appeal Mainz-Archbishopric. Emeric Josef gold Ducat 1771-DF, MS61 NGC. Three-year type. A glassy-gold appearance around the protected areas benefits the eye-appeal with central devices that are well defined, but just short of fully struck. While the grade is appropriate, the appearance is certainly high end, with very few actual marks, and only blended handling that accounts for the grade. This scarce ducat carries the initials of mint-master Damian Fritsch on the reverse. Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman/B.G. Johnson." This type is listed for 1768, 1769 and 1771. Like the other gold issues of this archbishopric, it is rare.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold.
Catalog reference: KM 371, Fr-1680.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.