Mainz 1795 ducat Fr-1685

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Sincona sale 11, lot 918
Mianz in 1789
This specimen was lot 918 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 1,150 CHF (about US$1,424 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"DEUTSCHLAND Mainz, Erzbistum Friedrich Karl Joseph von Erthal, 1774-1802. Dukat 1795, Mainz. Vorzüglich-fast vorzüglich. (Archbishopric of Mainz, Frederick Charles Joseph of Erthal (1774-1802), ducat of 1795. Extremely fine.)"
Three different ducats were issued by the archbishop in 1795, of which this is the most common. His territory on the Rhine River was the frequent victim of French invasion. The city was annexed to France in 1797. After the fall of Napoleon, the city became part of Hesse while the Main valley territories were divided between Nassau and Bavaria.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: Slg. Walther 655. Fr-1685, KM 411.


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  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
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  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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