Mantua (1595) ducat Fr-541
This specimen was lot 3079 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $1,410. The catalog description noted, "ITALY. Mantua. Ducat, ND (1595). Vincenzo I Gonzaga (1587-1612). PCGS Genuine--Cleaning, AU Details Secure Holder. VERY SCARCE one year type. Well struck on a slightly wavy flan. Full visage of Duke right down to individual waves of hair on his head. Better than most other examples available and only lightly cleaned some time ago. Some orange toning in periphery. Ex: Stack's Sale March 4-5, 1988, Lot #1262." The Gonzaga family managed to hold onto some autonomy as dukes of Mantua until its extinction in 1707, when the duchy fell to the Austrians.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-541; MIR-536/1.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2017 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Richard Stuart Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.