Olmutz (1695-1703) 5 ducats Fr-86

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Sincona sale 11, lot 2433
This specimen was lot 2435 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 42,000 CHF (about US$51,996 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Olmütz, Bistum Karl III. von Lothringen, 1695-1710. 5 Dukaten o. J., Kremsier. Abschlag vom Guldenstempel. DEI GRATIA CAROLVS EPISCOPVS OLOMVCENSIS Büste mit langer Perücke nach rechts mit gesticktem Talar und Spitzenkragen, worauf am Bande das Lothringische Kreuz. Rv. DVX LOTHAR. ET BAR. S : R : I : PCPS. RE. CA. BO. COM. Das von zwei gekrönten Adlern gehaltene quadrierte Wappen mit Mittelschild auf einem Malteserkreuz, darüber Herzogskrone, Krummstab und Schwert. Darunter zwei gekreuzte Palmzweige. Fast FDC. Ex Auktion UBS 66, September 2006, Lot 1539. Ex Auktion Sotheby's, Brand Collection 8, Zürich, 24. Januar 1985, Lot 445. (bishopric of Olmutz, Charles III of Lorraine, 1695-1710, undated five ducats, Kremsier mint. Obverse: peruked bust in clerical dress with cross on breast; reverse: fourfold arms charged on a Maltese cross, supported by two crowned eagles, crozier and sword. Choice uncirculated, from UBS sale 66, lot 1539 (September 2006).)"
This type is among the rare issues from this ecclesiastical state in Moravia, then part of Austria, now the Czech Republic. Later thalers from the 1720's are listed quite inexpensively.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 17.5 g, .986 fine gold, this specimen 17.15 g.

Catalog reference: Suchomel-Videman 598. Lichnowsky-Mayer 316. Fr-86.


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  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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