Nurnberg 1640 ducat Fr-1826

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Goldberg sale 41, lot 4033
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4033 in Goldberg sale 41 (Beverly Hills, May 2007), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Nuremberg. Ducat, 1640. Date in chronogram. Obv. Eagle facing left. Leg: +DUCATUS REIPUB:NORIMBERGEN: Reverse: Angel head behind two shields. Leg: sIt DeVs aVXILIVM tVta sIt Ipse saLvs*. NGC graded MS-63. The date being in chronogram means that the larger letters in the legend are all Roman Numerals, and if added together, total 1640. A very clever way of dating coins." This type was struck 1623-40 and 1686 and tho not cheap, is more available than other Nurnberger ducats of the seventeenth century.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.5 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 3.47 grams, 22.09 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Fr-1826; Kellner-57, KM 72.


  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 41: the Pre-Long Beach Sale, Beverly Hills: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2007.
  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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