Metz (1620-45) goldgulden Fr-164

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Sincona sale 38, lot 1359
Jean Elsen sale 133, lot 1304
Jean Elsen sale 135, lot 773
The first specimen was lot 1359 in Sincona sale 38 (Zurich, May 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Metz, Stadt Goldgulden o. J. Vorzüglich. Überdurchschnittliche Erhaltung. (city of Metz, undated goldgulden. Extremely fine, Better than average.)"
The second specimen was lot 1304 in Jean Elsen sale 133 (Brussels, June 2017), where it sold for €260 (about US$344 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, METZ, Ville, AV florin d'or au saint Etienne, 16e s. D/ Saint Etienne deb. à g. dans une mandorle, ten. une pierre et une palme. R/ Ecu de la ville arrondi, dans un polylobe orné de lis. Fêlure du flan. Beau à Très Beau. (city of Metz, gold florin of St. Etienne, sixteenth century. Obverse: the saint standing in a mandorla, holding a stone and a palm; reverse: city arms in a polylobe. Cracked flan, fine to very fine.)"
The third specimen was lot 773 in Jean Elsen sale 135 (Brussels, December 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[3] noted,
"FRANCE, METZ, Ville, AV florin d'or au saint Etienne, à partir de 1415. 2e type. D/ Saint Etienne deb. à g. dans une mandorle, ten. une pierre et une palme. A d., un annelet. R/ Ecu de la ville dans un polylobe cantonné d'annelets. Rare Légère double frappe. presque Très Beau. (France, city of Metz, gold florin of St. Etienne, second type, after 1415. Obverse: the saint stands to left in a mandorla, holding a stone and a palm frond; reverse: arms of the city in a polylobe cantonned with pellets. Rare, lightly double struck, about Very Fine.)"
This scarce type also comes with dates ranging 1620-31. The bishop and city of Metz both issued coins but the town was under French occupation from the mid-1500's, which occupation was formally recognized by the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, the first specimen 3.49 g, the second specimen 3,27 g, the third specimen 3,30 g.

Catalog reference: B. 1657; Flon 725, 3; coll. Robert 741, KM A4, Wendling II/F/p/2. Fr-164.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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.
  • [1]Jürg Richter, Auction 38, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 133, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.
  • [3]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 135, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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